May 2023 Horoscopes by Fionn Cleary
Here are your rising sign horoscopes for the month of May!
This month there is a major emphasis on the fixed signs, particularly the Scorpio/Taurus axis. We have just blasted out of eclipse season. This month kicked off with the lunar eclipse in Scorpio on May 5th, bringing with it some major culminations and transformations. We get to enjoy some steady growth and lushness with Jupiter entering Taurus on May 16th, and then we plant new seeds in fertile fields with the Taurus new moon on May 19th. Although, a new Moon in the third decan of Taurus could indicate planning ahead for new beginnings with the knowledge that we may need a backup plan and a rainy day fund.
Following the eclipse in your eighth house, there may have been a major process of disentangling from what binds you to others. As you release what you owe to others, Jupiter enters your second house to help turn what resources you already have into more.
The month kicks off with a push to do some major work within your close relationships. As you take a breather after your final seventh house eclipse, Jupiter enters your first house to big you up like a hypeman and help you renew a fresh sense of hope and possibility. This begins a period of personal growth, learning and getting closer to your goals.
As the month begins, you may be prompted to do some problem-solving around your physical well-being and work-life balance. As Jupiter enters your 12th house, you may begin a process of deep introspection in which you unearth hidden talents and nuggets of wisdom.
The lunar eclipse may have facilitated a breakthrough in your creative passions and romantic life. As Jupiter rejoices in your eleventh house, it is well-equipped to facilitate growth, forging alliances, and the fruition of hopes and dreams.
The eclipse cycle brought about major changes in your home, family and living situation, and no it is coming to a close. Jupiter enters your house of career, allowing for a boost in profile, or you may earn a reputation for being your showy and sunny lil self! When Mars enters your first house later in the month, you may become particularly driven.
The lunar eclipse marks a transition away from difficult experiences within your close circle and local community. As Jupiter enters your 9th, you can broaden your outlook and worldview. The myriad of possibilities the world has to offer opens up to you, offering new perspectives and plans for learning and growth.
The eclipse may bring some major changes to how you earn your living and manage your resources. Jupiter in your eighth house can bring forth opportunities from the commitments you made during the first half of the year. Your committed relationships could enter a further level of intimacy or material involvement.
This eclipse hits you right in your first house! Eclipses in the first can feel akin to a snake shedding its skin – letting go of an old identity and beginning to live in a manner that’s authentic. Jupiter meets you in your 7th house, bringing you in contact with wise folks, teachers and generous partners. Jupiter may bring balance, agreement and good will to your committed relationships.
The eclipse in your 12th house of isolation and hidden places brings a revelation in the dark – finding wisdom and deep resilience in difficult circumstances. Jupiter in Taurus brings support to your health and work and has the potential to offer supports and experts that can support your well-being.
Momentum is building within your social scenes after some major changes in your house of wider communities. Jupiter enters your fifth house, offering you some opportunities to flourish creatively and build up routines to sustain your creative force. It also brings opportunities for making romance a more lush and expansive area of your life.
The Scorpio eclipse may have brought major developments and momentous occasions in your career or public life. This may have been taxing for you and those close to you, so it’s good news that Jupiter enters your fourth house to bring some balance and expansion within the home.
This eclipse may have brought a deep questioning around where you want to go in life and where in the world you like to place yourself. With Jupiter in your third house, you may be researching and planning for the foundations you want to set for the next phase of your life. This is a great time to question what you want your day-to-day life to look like.
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AYA Bylaws Update
On March 1st 2023, the AYA Board of Directors voted to approve a revision to our bylaws.
The update is mostly much-needed housekeeping; we are now more clearly aligned with our other governing documents such as our Articles of Incorporation and the state statutes, and we’ve updated and clarified the language to reflect today’s practices around gender and remote work.
Most excitingly though, we’ve created new opportunities for the Board and those who care about AYA to more actively participate in governance and organizing.
Bylaw Update Highlights:
- Instead of President and Vice-President, we’ve returned to the original Incorporation language of Chair and Vice-Chair.
- We’ve adjusted the committee process so the Board can create committees as-needed, including committees that can include more non-Directors, such as a Board nomination committee and advisory committees.
The Board has already voted to create an Advisory Committee, hoping to bring in more community members of diverse generations and astrological traditions to advise on and support initiatives of the Board, as Demetra George supported and believed in AYA’s mission when first founded.
AYA’s principal mission continues to be to provide outreach and support to young people discovering astrology, and secondly, in support of that, to promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of astrology through lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, study groups, research and information distribution, and any and all other appropriate means.
Through the bylaw process, we’ve reaffirmed AYA’s identity as a small Board-governed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created for educational and charitable purposes, accountable to the public good and supported by our members, a legion of small donors who believe in AYA’s mission and benefit from our programs and community.
AYA’s current programming remains in line with our mission: monthly Seminar Under the Stars, monthly newsletter with opportunities for emerging astrologers, our Discord server, and forthcoming fellowship program.
If you’d like to register your interest in being on the Board or Advisory Committee prior to our official call, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Astrology Conference Fellowship
To honor our mission of uplifting new and upcoming voices in astrology and providing opportunities to those who may not have them otherwise, the Association for Young Astrologers has created the Astrology Conference Fellowship.
AYA’s Astrology Conference Fellowship is a needs-based scholarship program for students of astrology looking to expand their skills and knowledge through attendance at conferences. Folks at any and all levels of astrology are welcome to apply.
To launch our fellowship program, AYA will be awarding 2 full and 3 partial scholarships for attendance to virtual NORWAC 2023!
- Full Scholarship: worth $375 each, equates to the price of full conference registration, excluding pre/post-conference workshops
- Partial Scholarship: worth $188 each, equates to half the price of full conference registration, excluding pre/post-conference workshops
Applicants are required to:
- Have an active AYA membership
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be age 18+
- Submit application form by April 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.
Awardees of the fellowship will be required to:
- Agree to be featured in AYA’s newsletter and blog
- Attend a virtual social gathering for fellowship awardees on the evening of Saturday, May 27, 2023 (exact time TBD)
If you can commit to all the requirements, AYA invites you to apply for the Astrology Conference Fellowship! The deadline to submit this form is April 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Apply here: https://forms.gle/JUZXPHr4C913VRBMA
Open Call for AYA Secretary
With AYA’s recent adjustments to board roles, we are eager to announce an open call for our Secretary position.
Filling this position is a high priority of the AYA board, so please submit your application by April 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. If we are still in need of a Secretary at that time, the call will remain open until the position is filled.
Our Secretary is responsible for…
- Recording minutes for all board meetings
- Maintaining organized records in Google Drive
- Utilizing Asana to assign tasks designated during board meetings
- Working with Communications Manager to check and maintain social media
- Collaborating with other board members on committee projects that pique your interest
- 2 year commitment to the position
- Ability to attend biweekly board meetings Monday evenings at 7PM EST.
Preferred Secretary Qualities
- Organizational Skills
- Strong Communication Skills
- Familiarity with Google Suite
- Curiosity and Eagerness to Learn
- Virgo energy highly welcome!
If you’re interested in applying to the Secretary position, send your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line “2023 Secretary Application.” Applications received by April 27,2023 at 11:59 PM EST will be prioritized over those received after this date. Though the call will remain open until the position is filled.
Don’t think the Secretary position is right for you, but still want to be more involved with AYA? You’re in luck! AYA is looking to continue expanding our board, and will be announcing open calls for other board positions in the near future. Stay tuned!
August Transition of Power
The past year has been a time of transition, not only for the collective, but here at AYA as well. Effective immediately, Samira Bechara has resigned from her position as President to prioritize her health. AYA is incredibly grateful for the work that Samira has put into the organization throughout her time as president and wishes her the best as she continues on her journey.
The remaining board has elected AYA’s Secretary Zacchary Powell to assume the presidency.
Zacchary is a Black Queer Astrologer currently based in Philadelphia who graduated in 2013 with a degree in political science and sociology, focused on the intersection of race, politics, inequality, and constitutional law. Along with client work, he is a student of Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan; a professional Venus STAN; a writer of Weekly Planetary Reflections on patreon; and a practicing astro-mage.
Prior to making the glorious leap to become a professional astrologer, he worked in the fashion industry for a number of years; served as a policy analyst for a civil rights non-profit working to make structural changes to increase access to clean, safe, and affordable housing; and managed the Manhattan office of a top marketing consulting firm.
We’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to the community for its continued support as we’ve navigated the ever-changing landscape of the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction and the challenging astroweather that has succeeded it. After a brief period of rest over the past few months, we are eager to get back to work! We’re excited to announce the new initiatives our team has planned to support our members and the community at large. Be on the lookout for those announcements throughout the month on our social media and website!
2021 Call for Board Members
After a long break in the scouting process, AYA is excited to announce that the call for board members is open once again!
We have recently brought on a new President, Vice President, Secretary, and International Director of Community Care. We are now seeking a Treasurer along with board members to fill out some recently created roles.
In the past months, AYA has been working to reshape the board to have a more lateral power structure. We have created the following committees and are looking for committee co-chairs and committee members.
- Community Outreach
- Social Media
The reshaping of the AYA board is an ongoing process, and if you’d like to work with AYA in a capacity that doesn’t align with the roles listed above, let us know! We are still open to creating new positions and bringing on general board members. We want to collaborate with you!
If you’re interested in the role of treasurer or joining one or more of the above committees, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your interest. The deadline to send in your application is Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Note: Because AYA’s board is still a small team, board members are encouraged to participate in multiple committees and lend a hand on projects they are interested in regardless of the role(s) they hold.
Note: All incoming board members will be required to participate in transformative justice training once accepting a position.
Below is more detailed information about the roles AYA is looking to fill.
Treasurer (Volunteer Position)
**URGENT** AYA is seeking to transition in a new Treasurer. The new treasurer will work closely with Alex Zolotov (current treasurer) as he transitions out of his role. The treasurer is responsible for presenting AYA’s annual budget and making sure the board works within it. Other roles include managing fund transfers and outgoing payments in a timely manner and ensuring that all government tax filings are completed on time.
Co-chair (volunteer position)
The co-chair is responsible for helping to manage AYA’s transcription and translation initiatives. In 2021, AYA will start working on transcribing our lectures and Dinner & Drinks archives. This will be a BIG project, and the co-chair will be responsible for coordinating with the transcription team and ensuring that we stay on track with our timeline.
As we look to internationalize our membership, AYA plans to start providing content in multiple languages. The co-chair will be responsible for coordinating with translators and ensuring cohesion between multilingual content.
*Proficiency in multiple languages is NOT a requirement for this role.
Transcriber (Paid Position)
Members of the transcription team work to transcribe AYA’s archive of lectures and D&D’s. The team will also be responsible for editing auto-generated transcripts of future events.
Translator (Paid Position)
Translators are responsible for translating AYA’s content into other languages. We are currently only looking for Spanish translators, but will add additional languages in the future. When applying for this position, please describe your proficiency in Spanish (i.e. native speaker, 2nd language, AP courses, etc.)
Communication Committee (Volunteer Positions)
The Communication Committee is responsible for a lot of background work (i.e. writing and proofing copy for the website, emails, and other platforms), as well as helping to manage AYA’s inbox and Google Drive. Members of this committee are expected to be organized and have strong professional writing skills.
Community Outreach Committee (Volunteer Positions)
The Community Outreach Committee acts as a liaison between AYA and its membership base & the greater astrological community. This committee is responsible for membership management and recruitment, managing AYA’s Discord, and integrating advocacy and social justice initiatives into AYA’s work.
Education Committee (Volunteer Positions)
The Education Committee is responsible for spearheading various educational events and projects. Facilitation of Dinner & Drinks, working on the Ascendant, and new educational initiatives (which you will find out about once joining the board) are all under this committee’s domain. Members of this committee are expected to be passionate about accessible education and available to plan and participate in educational events at least once per month.
Ethics Committee (Volunteer Positions)
The Ethics Committee will play an integral role as AYA revamps our bylaws. This committee will help ensure that AYA holds itself to a high ethical standard and acts in a way that reflects our values.
Social Media Committee (Volunteer Positions)
The Social Media Committee is in charge of managing and monitoring AYA’s various social pages. Responsibilities include content creation, growing AYA’s online presence, and helping to integrate the org onto new platforms.
Again, be sure to email your application to email@example.com by Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST.
AYA’s 2021 Transition of Power
As of December 2020, Jo Gleason stepped down from her role as the Interim President, as planned, and Samira Bechara has taken on the role of President in full.
We are so grateful for Jo’s four years of service with AYA, starting as the Social Media Manager, and stepping up to become the Vice President and acting as president over the past six months. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors, and are looking forward to continuing to share this community with her!
Samira Bechara is a Lebanese-American astrologer, wine professional, and fundraising organizer based in New Orleans, LA. An early skeptic, she came into astrology in her early twenties, and after once having her chart read she immediately began her studies in earnest. She has studied with Kepler College, Erin Sullivan, the Faculty of Astrological Studies and more, and has attended and volunteered at conferences such as NORWAC, UAC, and NCGR. She was a presenter at QAC 2018 NYC, and teaches through TogetherWExpand as well as independently. She leans Archetypal, and has recently begun delving into the ancient practices of Mundane and Horary astrology. She is excited to help usher in a new paradigm of astrology and support the coming generation of astrological practitioners by serving with AYA!
AYA’s Leadership Change – July 2020
AYA has had a recent change in leadership, and we want to be open and transparent about our process as we respond and evolve.
On July 13, 2020, Daniel Larkin resigned from the Association for Young Astrologers, and Jo Gleason stepped into the role of Interim President.
Jo Gleason intends to remain in her role of Interim President at least until the end of 2020, in order to support the call for board members process, including interviews, onboarding, and Rebrand and Restructure planning for 2020-21, which will include her transition out of the role of Interim President.
In light of this leadership change, AYA’s Call for Board Members has been extended to August 1. This call originally sought to fill the role of Vice President and Secretary, but has been expanded to reflect AYA’s intention to welcome several new voices for both title holding Officers and general Board Members. The intention of the AYA Board is to fill the position of Vice President first, so the new team member can be present for the following interviews for other positions.
The Vice President and any candidates interested in Leadership will work closely with the Interim President and other Officers to plan for AYA’s Rebrand and Restructuring initiatives, which will include Jo’s transition out of the Interim President role and the Vice President or Leadership candidate stepping into the President role.
The timing of this transition depends on the unique way this process unfolds, and current Board as well as Jo are committed to being responsive and flexible in this process. Jo will remain on board as Interim President until December 31, 2020 at minimum, unless her support is no longer needed before then, or is still needed for additional time past then.
AYA is committed to transparency and fluidity in this process as the we continue adapting to the evolving needs of the community. This plan is subject to change according to the needs of our current and future board members, applicants, and our community.
To learn more and get involved, visit our Updated Call for Board Members.
UPDATED: Call For Board Members
AYA is opening up.
Updated as of July 17, 2020.
In light of the recent change in leadership, AYA is extending the deadline for call for board members to August 1st. If you are interested in applying for a board position, please find updated descriptions of open positions below, as well as instructions for application.
The Association for Young Astrologers is seeking to expand our board and fill several positions:
- Vice President
- Leadership (general)
- Board Member (general)
The intention of the AYA Board is to fill the position of Vice President and/or Leadership first, so the new team member can be present for following interviews for other positions. To learn more about our process, read here. Please find descriptions for all positions and opportunities below.
Potential AYA board members are passionate team players who are invested in advocating for and supporting young and emerging astrologers. As a volunteer for the AYA Board, you have the opportunity not only to support and give back to the astrological community, but to be on the cutting edge of astrology organizations. AYA prioritizes responding to the needs of the newest generation of the astrology world, evolving, innovating, and pioneering the art’s future.
The deadline to apply via e-mail is Saturday, August 1st. However, interviews will be scheduled with applicants before August 1st as submissions are received. We encourage you to apply right now if you are interested. The email doesn’t need to be perfect─ it is just a way to open the dialogue.
The Vice President collaborates with the President to manage the workflow of the AYA team, and supports the President in continually aligning the organization’s projects and team with AYA’s mission. The Vice President duties include:
- Attending monthly board meetings
- Collaborating with the team on a monthly Dinner and Drinks zoom gathering:
- gauging prescient topics
- helping us to select and book speakers
- taking turns hosting, facilitating, and moderating the event
- Contributing to website and social media copy by writing and/or group editing
- Communicating regularly with the Board via a private discord server
- Rolling out new 2020 initiatives
- Brand refresh
- Anti-racism and intersectionality events and programs
- Working closely with the Interim President and other leadership to facilitate:
- AYA’s Rebranding and Restructuring initiatives
- the next leadership change in early 2021
Our organization is in a phase of evolution, which will be reflected in a rebrand led by Design Director Hugh Tran. The Vice President will be actively engaged in conversations about how our mission reflects the needs of young and emerging astrologers in 2020 and beyond, and how our website, logo, and graphic identity reflect that mission.
We are seeking a Vice President who is committed to anti-racism and justice. In 2020 and beyond, AYA plans to develop and roll out initiatives that provide a platform to BIPOC voices and compensate them monetarily, centering on anti-racism in astrology, and probe new approaches to astrology at the many intersections of race, gender expression, class, sexuality, and the spectrum of different abilities.
The AYA Board anticipates meeting once per month for two hours as it continues to roll out these initiatives. Additional meetings would be scheduled at the discretion of the Vice President as necessary to bring projects to fruition.
Like most non-profit work with fellow astrological organizations, this is a volunteer position. In the event that the President must leave the organization, the Vice President will assume their responsibilities in the interim. There is no set term for the Vice President. In the event you decide to serve, but need to step back at a later date, you can tender a letter of resignation to the President.
If you are interested in applying to be AYA’s next Vice President, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share with us a little bit about your background in astrology, a link to your website and/or social media, and your interest in the position, our mission, and 2020 initiatives.
The Secretary works behind the scenes to organize, document, and help facilitate AYA’s regular and new initiatives. The Secretary’s duties include:
- Attending monthly board meetings
- Taking notes at the monthly board meeting, producing minutes for the discussion including action items to which the Board can refer
- Collaborating with the team on a monthly Dinner and Drinks zoom gathering:
- gauging prescient topics
- helping us to select speakers
- taking turns hosting, facilitating, and moderating the event
- Communicating regularly with the Board via a private discord server
- Guiding a bylaws overhaul in 2020
We are seeking to overhaul our by-laws that govern us as a non-profit organization. The Secretary would shepherd this project, gathering documents from other non-profit organizations, and assisting the President and Vice President in drafting and ratifying them.
We are seeking a Secretary who is committed to anti-racism and justice. In 2020 and beyond, AYA plans to develop and roll out initiatives that provide a platform to BIPOC voices and compensate them monetarily, center anti-racism in astrology, and probe new approaches to astrology at the many intersections of race, gender expression, class, sexuality, and the spectrum of different abilities.
The AYA Board anticipates meeting once per month for two hours as it continues to roll out these initiatives. The Secretary would participate in these meetings.
Like most non-profit work with our fellow astrological organizations, this is a volunteer position. There is no set term for the Secretary. In the event you decide to serve, but need to step back at a later date, you can tender a letter of resignation to the President.
If you are interested in applying to be AYA’s next Secretary, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please share with us a little bit about your background in astrology, a link to your website and/or social media, and your interest in the position, our mission, and 2020 initiatives.
If you want to take an active role in shaping AYA’s future, continually aligning our work with our values, and are willing to make a medium to long term commitment to serving the community, this opportunity is for you. Leadership is an interest you can indicate in your application for any role.
Applying with interest in Leadership indicates your interest in being considered for the role of President, Vice President, or other leadership roles, specifically when the Interim President hands over to new leadership. This unique opportunity is highly collaborative and dependent on AYA’s ongoing transition and evolution process, but basic duties include those listed above, as well as:
- Facilitating AYA’s Rebranding and Restructuring initiative
- Facilitating and participating in the leadership transition at the beginning of 2021 (more details here)
If you are interested in applying for a Leadership position, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share with us a little bit about your background in astrology, a link to your website and/or social media, and your interest in our mission and 2020 initiatives.
Board Member (general)
Board Member is a role without an officer title that indicates a supportive and project-oriented role in collaboration with Officers and other Board Members. This role offers variety and flexibility while helping support AYA’s vision with personpower.
If you feel called to contribute your time and/or skills to AYA but you’re not sure what position is the right fit, please reach out! We are open to collaborating with interested individuals in many different capacities, and we are especially interested in your ideas.
If you are interested in applying for a Board member position, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Please share with us a little bit about your background in astrology, a link to your website and/or social media, and your interest in our mission and 2020 initiatives.
Astrological Magic with Nina Gryphon
Dinner and Drinks is back in February, welcoming Nina Gryphon as our guest of honor! Join us Thursday, Feb 20 to chat all things astrological magic.
From magical electional rules to the myriad of talisman types, Nina is bringing her years of experience and expertise to the table to answer all your questions.
To learn more about Nina and check out her Magical Elections podcast.
Join us Thursday, Feb 20 at 9:30 EST/6:30 PST for an online Q&A based discussion that’s free and open to everyone! Click here to join the zoom meeting HERE.
AYA GIVEAWAY: Free Solar Fire!
To mark the Winter Solstice, The Association for Young Astrologers is offering a free copy of Solar Fire software to one its members!
We will be holding a lottery among our members to pick the winner. To enter the lottery, please submit your Lot of Spirit – both Sign and Degree.
You are welcome to email your lot of spirit to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solar Fire Software Requirements:
PC or compatible computer with Intel processor (or equivalent) (you can also run on MAC with a special program that enables you to run PC programs)
Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10: 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB of RAM or more recommended.
About 200 MB of free disk space for a full installation.SVGA Screen with 800×600 pixels minimum, XGA with 1024×768 pixels or better is recommended; 10-inch screen or larger recommended
Current members of AYA are eligible. If you’re not an AYA member yet, join for $20 annually. We welcome everyone! To join AYA or to check if your membership is still active, head over to this section of our website: JOIN NOW.
The deadline to enter the lottery is 11:59pm EST on December 31st 2019.
Dinner & Drinks with Annabel Gat: The Astrology of Love and Sex
Dinner and Drinks is back in August – welcoming Annabel Gat as our guest of honor! Join us on the evening of Thursday, August 15th at 9:30pm EDT / 6:30pm PDT
Annabel will be leading a Q & A about the astrology of compatibility. Her new book The Astrology of Love and Sex introduces readers to this rich topic.
How do we answer questions from clients and friends like which sun sign should I date? How can we use knowledge of our own significant other’s chart to improve the relationship? What if we meet an editor at a party who is interested in publishing our work and we have to give an “elevator pitch” on astrology, which is such a vast and complex subject, to someone who is a complete beginner?
Join us for a casual Q & A conversation about astrology and dating.
Find out more about Annabel Gat – https://www.annabelgat.com/
Join the meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/441627102