A 1690 illustration of the constellation Taurus, this Hebrew month's ruling sign, by Johannes Hevelius.
A 1690 illustration of the constellation Taurus, this Hebrew month's ruling sign, by Johannes Hevelius.

Jewish horoscopes: When you get that feeling, you need Iyar’s healing


Iyar 5782

May 1-June 30, 2022


The month of Iyar’s acronym — “El na refa na lah,” Moses’ prayer when his sister Miriam was sick — indicates the healing power of the month. Each one of us have wounds which need salving. Body, mind, heart, soul and spirit: Iyar’s healing light integrates all our various parts to achieve true wholeness.

The retrograde of Mercury/Kochav in his own sign of Gemini/T’omim May 10 winds back to Taurus/Shor May 22, continuing through early June, prompting rewrites, renegotiations and reassessments of priorities and values. Spectacular possibilities for dramatic turnarounds on Pesach Sheni, May 15-16, with the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav, during which Venus/Noga conjuncts Wounded Healer Chiron, the Sun squares Saturn/Shabtai, and sextiles Neptune/Rahav. Lovers look for transcendent connection, not mere satisfaction. Vulnerabilities are uncovered, unhealed wounds need band-aids and kisses.

Jupiter/Tzedek, the planet of expansion, enters Aries/Taleh May 10, ready to super-size the Mars/Ma’adim-ruled attributes of courage and initiative. Globally speaking, Jupiter in Aries means an enlarged aggression between powerful forces. With Mars entering his home sign of Aries May 17, we’ll want to sweeten the decree against violence with our prayers and good deeds. Mars meets Neptune May 18, energizing imagination. When Mars meets Jupiter April 29, accumulated energy is exponentially supersized. If we’ve done the work of developing integrity — that’s integration of all aspects of our selves — the win will be gigantic.


Aries / Taleh

Venus/Noga, the planet of money, enters Aries May 2. The deep soul-healing you need revolves around your values and valuables. Venus’ conjunction to Wounded Healer Chiron onPesach Sheni at the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav, with the Sun square Saturn/Shabtai recalls Pirkei Avot: “Who is rich? Those who are happy with their lot.” What enriches your happiness? Jupiter/Tzedek enters Aries May 10, and Mars/Ma’adim enters Aries May 24. They meet up together May 29 in a spectacular surge of positive energy. The greater your contentment with your lot, the more serenity.


Taurus / Shor

Venus/Noga sextiles Pluto May 1, before entering Aries/Taleh May 2. Power games and hierarchical dances in the realm of relationships need a tikkun, or repair. Be brave and honest when Venus enters Aries May 2. That means being vulnerable. Venus’ conjunction to Wounded Healer Chiron May 15 courageously opens doors of empathy; the sextile of Venus to Saturn/Shabtai May 24 teaches personal responsibility. Venus squares Pluto May 27, pressing the case: Can there be two leaders in a relationship? Luckily, Venus enters her home sign of Taurus May 28 which takes the edge of urgency down several notches. Breathe.


Gemini / T’omim

Mercury/Kochav in Gemini goes retrograde May 10, sextiling Jupiter/Tzedek May 19 before re-entering Taurus/Shor May 22. This journey isn’t merely sentimental, it’s historical. Revisiting the past from a mature perspective, you’re able to see where you were blindsided or betrayed by a lack of trust in your own soul. You’re ready to invest energy into cultivating a firm foundation you can trust when Mercury sextiles Mars/Ma’adim May 23. You’ll be able to articulate with passion and precision May 25 at the trine of Mercury to Pluto. Your charisma and confidence seal the deal!


Cancer / Sartan

It’s an intense month with the First Quarter Moon in Leo/Aryeh May 8 making you crazy for love. Heaven forbid that the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav on Pesach Sheni with the Sun square Saturn/Shabtai and sextile Neptune/Rahav should make you literally lovesick, but the yearnings for profound intimate connection built on mutual trust are so powerful they’re capable of derailing almost anything. Beware of rash or compulsive actions; short-term cravings have long-term consequences. The Last Quarter Moon in Pisces/Dagim May 22 stimulates a higher calling.


Leo / Aryeh

Your uniqueness is recognized May 5 at the conjunction of the Sun to Uranus/Oron. First Quarter Moon in Leo May 8 demonstrates that cultivating true modesty, even considering your natural fabulosity, is your spiritual work now. Let others laud you; you don’t have to fight for recognition. Your compelling personal charisma is on full display Pesach Sheni at the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav when the Sun squares Saturn/Shabtai and sextiles Neptune/Rahav. You inspire others! Receive power graciously May 19 at the Sun’s trine to Pluto. You’re an irresistible force.


Virgo / Betulah

Mercury/Kochav’s retrograde begins May 10 in Gemini/T’omim, winding back into Taurus/Shor by May 22. Solidifying unspoken understandings with those you share resources, responsibilities and intimacies. It may be time to renegotiate in your favor when Mercury sextiles Jupiter/Tzedek May 19. Mercury sextiles Mars/Ma’adim May 23 and trines Pluto May 25; you’ll put a lot of energy into creating transformative communication channels, but they’ll all be blocked unless you’re utterly, ruthlessly, compassionately and empathetically honest. You only hurt yourself by evading your own truth. You’ve literally nothing to lose by being your authentic self.


Libra / Moznayim

The play between Venus/Noga and Pluto this month is almost too much for even your high level of tolerance for smoldering passion and tension-filled power differentials. Venus sextiles Pluto May 1 and squares him May 27, bracketing a season of emotional intensity made even more incendiary by the entrance of Venus into fiery Aries/Taleh May 2. For all the fierceness of this tumultuous time, Venus conjuncts Chiron May 15, showering compassion and empathy for all.


Scorpio / Akrav

Pesach Sheni is a cosmic confluence of Venus/Noga conjunct Wounded Healer Chiron in Aries/Taleh, the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav, with the Sun square Saturn/Shabtai and sextile Neptune/Rahav. Just like Elijah let the Prophets of Baal run themselves ragged trying to raise a response from a non-entity, you hold your peace and keep your cool at the conjunction of Mars/Ma’adim to Neptune May 18. See through the deceit of others. The Sun’s trine to Pluto May 19 makes tremendous work look effortless. Mars enters Aries May 24, renewing your vigor.


Sagittarius / Keshet

First the compassion, then the action. This month is all about recognizing and reaching for tremendous opportunities to heal from your worst habits. Jupiter/Tzedek sextiles Pluto May 3, drawing down cosmic battery power when Jupiter enters Aries/Taleh May 10. You’ll need tremendous get-up-and-go despite an equally important need for rest. Balance the two of these things by being painstakingly honest with yourself May 19-23 at the sextile of Mercury/Kochav and the Sun to Jupiter. Mars/Ma’adim conjunct Jupiter May 29 is like a shot of Vitamin Wow. You’re ready to rumble.


Capricorn / Gidi

Iyar’s healing energy is particularly potent for you around the hurt you’ve experienced from rigid religious institutions. The communities you’ve helped to build may no longer resonate with your highest values. You’ll see it clearly at the square of the Sun to Saturn/Shabtai on Pesach Sheni, followed by the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav. There’s a chance to save the status quo — but that’s not really what you want. It’s OK to let go of what no longer suits you. The sextile of Venus/Noga to Saturn May 24 helps you release old ways.


Aquarius / D’li

You’re all hot and bothered when Mars/Ma’adim sextiles Uranus/Oron May 4, and not happy about it. You’re itching to break free and do something to surprise even yourself, and the urge is irresistible May 5 at the Sun-Uranus conjunction. The more you resist rebellion, the more dramatic the inevitable radical reaction will be. The Sun and Moon both square Saturn/Shabtai at the Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio/Akrav May 15. The effects of chafing against constraint are seen in a very public way. Detach from negativity and keep moving forward.


Pisces / Dagim

Though you may still be basking in the glow of the tremendous shefa download you received last month, there’s still more goodness to come. Mars/Ma’adim conjuncts Neptune/Rahav May 18. There’s never been a more opportune time to recharge your energy, renew your imagination and revive your dreams. The Last Quarter Moon in Pisces May 22 puts the finishing touches on the work of art you’ve been creating from scratch — that’s you! Believe in your own magic. Mars conjuncts classical ruler Jupiter/Tzedek May 29, bestowing that extra measure of blessing for the months ahead.

Lorelai Kude
Lorelai Kude

Lorelai Kude began her career as a professional astrologer in the 1980s. She holds a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a MA in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, where her thesis topic was astrology in Jewish cultural history. Find more of her work at astrolojew.com.