The New Moon of Cinco de Mayo

No question: Today’s New Moon, which occurred at 5:18 a.m. PDT at 16 degrees of Taurus, is a beautiful thing. Of course it is, because Venus in Taurus is part of the picture and there’s a supportive trine with Jupiter in Capricorn. It’s grounding, and it’s taking the edge off of whiny Mars in Cancer, which is past an opposition with expansive Jupiter, thank heavens!

But the Neptune/Node/Chiron lineup in Aquarius, broadly square the New Moon, is bringing big weather and water stories — as many as 10,000 dead and 1 million homeless in Myanmar (formerly Burma) following Cyclone “Nargis,” which I learned from a Pakistani blog is another name for the Narcissus flower. Meanwhile, 1,000 passengers were evacuated to Ventspils, Latvia, from the Mona Lisa cruise ship after it ran aground off the coast of Riga.

For an in-depth New Moon report, click on Star IQ on my blogroll.

I just checked Google Trends to see what the top searches are today. A lot of them have to do with Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday that is used as a major marketing opportunity for Corona and other breweries.

When I was growing up, I was taught that Mexican Independence Day was Sept. 16, also known as Father Hidalgo Day, after the priest who urged Mexicans to rise up against their Spanish oppressors on that day in 1810.

Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is the day that Mexican forces defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Here, in Southern California and elsewhere, it’s a good excuse for a fiesta, though most of them seemed to be held over the weekend. In general, it’s the day to celebrate Mexican heritage the way that St. Patrick’s Day honors the Irish and Columbus Day recognizes the Italians. On that note, Viva Mexico!

The Microsoft/Yahoo! merger is off for now, but with Uranus in Pisces sextiling Jupiter in Capricorn and sextiling the New Moon, there could be a flip-flop. In the past few days, I’ve heard of people who had accepted new jobs suddenly changing their minds. I got a call for a rush freelance job on May 1, when the Moon in Pisces was conjunct Uranus. I started doing the prep work only to get an e-mail a couple of hours later saying that the company had decided to have someone in-house do the work.

Not the end of the world, to be sure. But as long Jupiter is sextiling Uranus, there could be a few more about-faces in the corporate world. Incidentally, I haven’t studied the charts of either Microsoft or Yahoo so I’m not making a prediction here. I’m just saying don’t be surprised when people, companies, and even countries change their minds over the next few days.