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Your Mastery Is Tested

Your Mastery Is Tested Michelle Karén

Pluto remains retrograde until October 3, and its shadow period lasts until January 26, 2021. The degree traveled in May (24°59’ to 24°42’ Capricorn) is represented in the Sabian symbols by “an oriental rug dealer in a store filled with precious ornamental rugs.” In the process of letting go of everything that no longer serves your evolution or, worse, slows you down, you are discovering your inner treasures. These could be talents you hadn’t really harvested or deep resources that help you deal with the unexpected challenges and difficulties that show up on your path. Isn’t necessity the mother of invention?

Saturn turns retrograde on Monday, May 11 and remains so until September 29. Its shadow period lasts until January 4, 2021. The degree covered in May (1°57’ to 1°38’ Aquarius) is symbolized by “an unexpected thunderstorm.” It seems that an unforeseen humanitarian or social crisis could be at hand. Again, your mastery is being tested. Do you allow your emotions to bring you up and down, or do you stay centered and grounded in the confidence that no matter how difficult things appear, you have the inner resources to find creative solutions?

Jupiter turns retrograde on Wednesday, May 13 until September 13. Its shadow period extends until December 6, 2020. The degrees traveled in May (27°14’ to 26°49’ Capricorn) are associated with the images of “a large aviary” and “a mountain pilgrimage.” This retrogradation requests you to look at everything in your life. Do your relationship, career, or money situations make you happy? Do they forward your evolution? Are they in agreement with your sense of ethics? This is a time to free yourself from confinement by realizing you are held prisoner by your perceptions and conditioning, giving you only the illusion of freedom. It is now essential to truly commit to your spiritual path. Enlightenment is not a free gift; it is deserved through trials, sacrifices, and persistence on the path of ascension.