Image Note: The Green Woman and Himself are from my deck “The Faeries Oracle” by Brian Froud and Jessica Macreath. I’ve always thought the Green Woman must be a Taurus, and Himself too. The Green Woman represents Wildness, Natural Magic. She tells us “to stay earthed, to attend to our own growing ground.” Himself represents Natural Law, Life Force. He is the living bond between all life. The very best of Taurus!
Your handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (13° Scorpio) is on 5/3 at 1:42p. The New Moon (27° Taurus) is on 5/18 at 12:13a (on 4/17 at 9:13p PT) Mars enters Gemini on 5/11, Mercury turns retrograde on 5/18 at 13° Gemini (thru 6/11), and the Sun enters Gemini on 5/21 at 4:45a. Unless noted All times are EDT. Read May’s Astro overview HERE
NOTE: To get the most out of your Heavenly Messages read the message for your Rising sign (ascendant) along with your Sun sign.
TAURUS April 22 – May 20 Happy Birthday Dancing Bulls! Your personal new year begins with motivational Mars – planet of action! – charging across your very own Taurus territory. Mars in Taurus brings you extra motivation to get things done and activates plans on the back burner. Those back burner plans have been getting a boost from huge Jupiter stationed in our home space. Jupiter would love to light a match and bring things to the boil, but as you well know Taurus can be resistant to change. Mars says it’s time to saddle up and ride that eager bull into new and fertile fields! Ruler Venus has been sweetening your money zone for the last few weeks bringing flexible new ways to earn income, then on 5/11 Mars rides into this same financial sector for the first time in 2 years which activates career choices too. On 5/7 Venus enters your mental/ communication sphere in the nurturing sign of Cancer (thru 6/5) sweetening your mind and voice. This is an excellent time to ask for what you want and need. Meanwhile Mental Mercury just entered your money zone too (on 4/30 thru 7/8) so all together, this is the year to focus on your resources. Be aware that Mercury turns retrograde on 5/18 thru 6/11, so if you have plans to sell or buy big ticket items (real estate, new car, boat etc.) it’s smart to do it before or after those dates. The New Moon is in Taurus on 5/18 – a lovely day to seed intentions you wish to see flowering in the future.
GEMINI May 21 – June 20 Dear Gemini, May has a lot of action for you! The month begins with Sweet Venus shining in Gemini which means you sparkle too! Venus remains in Gemini through 5/7 so take full advantage of the charm she lends. Her next visit is to your income zone so money flows better than it has been. Ruler Mercury entered Gemini on 4/30 happy to be flying through his own airy sign, then Mars arrives at Gemini on 5/11. Mars has not paid a visit to your sign in 2 years so you may have forgotten how active his visit can be! Mars will be in Gemini until 6/24 bringing you more mental stamina, but also maxing your multitasking abilities until you feel like a juggler with 15 arms! Remember to schedule in some ‘me’ time so you don’t get exhausted. Mercury turns retrograde at 13° Gemini on 5/18 (thru 6/11) which could add to a feeling of confusion where you feel pulled in way too many directions. On the plus side Merc’s reverse motion can encourage you to take the downtime you’ll need. The main thing to remember is to stay in balance and pull out the magic word all Gemini’s need, which is “no”. Meaning when everyone and your mother-in-law are begging you for your talents, and to do things for them or with them, learn to set clear and intentional boundaries. You can’t say yes to everything Gem or you’ll split into pieces! (See INTRO for details on Merc Retro.)
CANCER June 21 – July 20 Dear Cancer, You get a sweet treat in May when Venus enters your sign on 5/7. She’ll be visiting Cancer until 6/5 which means you are the yummy one everyone wants to be with! Take full advantage of her loving and nurturing energy, no one can refuse you when Venus shines in your face! On May Day your ruler the Moon beams in Libra which is the sign Venus rules, adding another lovely vibe to the month. Meanwhile mighty Jupiter continues to bring golden energy into your income zone and boost career potential too – nice! Communicator Mercury goes retro this month on 5/18, but his backward motion is not likely to affect you like it might others, because Merc is flying off in your mystical and mysterious 12th house. Mars enters this same misty territory on 5/11 for the first time in 2 years where he’ll reside until 6/24. Mars = action, so having both mental Mercury and motivational Mars off in your dream-time territory means a lot of action is behind the scenes now. Good advice is to pay extra attention to spiritual messages, your dreams and symbolic, synchronistic omens that come your way. These sign posts from spirit side point toward new energy that will download later.
LEO July 20 – August 22 Dear Lion-hearts, the strong Taurus Sun encourages you to be the best of yourself. Let your loyal and true heart shine! As the month begins Mars is in Taurus too activating your outer-world/career zone encouraging you to hold steady and stay calm as you face the world. Mighty Jupiter is moving forward in Leo with full vigor this month which brings forth your creative abilities as never before. On May Day the Moon is in in airy Venus-ruled Libra glowing in your mental and communication zone, while both communicator Mercury and Venus herself are sparkling in Gemini stationed in your networking zone. Motivational Mars enters this same territory on 5/11. All together this adds up to an excellent time to get out there in your community to be seen and noticed! Mercury turns retrograde in your networking/friendship zone on 5/18 (thru 6/11) so miss-communications could create confusion and people who promised they had your back, might fade away. Best advice is not to let your Leo pride take over and snarl things further. In fact it’s a good time to learn who the suck-up flatters are versus true comrades.
VIRGO August 23 – September 21 Dear Virgo, May begins Venus with traveling in your career zone adding a lovely glow to your world. Ruler Mercury just entered here too (on 4/30) helping you gain clarity about your worldly agenda, and on 5/11 motivational Mars flies into this same territory. Mars arrives here for the first time in 2 years which helps activate professional goals but also pushes your multi-tasking abilities to the limit. If you don’t want to be scattered into a zillion pieces, remember to delegate more and do less of that Virgo, “I’ll do it all myself, because I do it best!” thing you do. On 5/18 Mercury turns retrograde so if the clarity you gained seems to fade don’t be too concerned. This gives you time for more reflection about what you really want and also to see who is ready to salute your new flag versus those who are just giving it lip-service. (Merc stays retro until 6/11 – see INTRO for details.) On 5/7 Venus enters your networking connections and friendship zone. So if you need help in figuring it all out, don’t expect the people most closely involved to be objective, but reach out and process with wise friends and advisers you trust.
LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Dear Libra, May has a nice glow for you! On May Day the Moon shines in Libra and ruler Venus along with Mercury the messenger are in fellow air sign Gemini. This sets the tone for a month of elevated discussions and uplifting adventures! On 5/7 Venus enters Cancer which rules your career zone where she’ll travel through 6/5. Venus here smooths rough career waters and works harmoniously with both Neptune and Chiron stationed in your work zone, so things on the job should flow very well. At the same time Jupiter maintains his powerful position in your networking and community space where he reaches out to Uranus in your relationship zone. This means friends and partners help you step up to the next level. From 5/18 through 6/11 Mercury goes retrograde in your travel zone, so if you have to travel then, you might expect a delay or two (so common these days anyway). This is also the law zone so delays might occur in any legal affairs too. The thing to know is that plans made during a Merc retro period have a way of unraveling or not being what you thought. So if you are planning a vacation or any future travels, it’s best to make arrangements before or after these dates.
SCORPIO October 24 – November 22 Dear Scorpio, May begins with the Taurus Sun and co-ruler Mars activating your relationship zone, while messenger Mercury and love-goddess Venus travel in your deepest (yummiest) relationship territory. Someone has your attention! At the same time mighty Jupiter has picked up steam again in your career world so things on the job look better than they have in months. This is one of the best times in years to get out there and grab the glory! The Full Moon on 5/3 is in Scorpio which puts extra focus upon you and what you have accomplished. It’s a powerful time to celebrate your achievements and if you haven’t reached your goals yet, it’s a great time to honor your commitment to your larger intentions. On 5/11 Mars enters Gemini and begins to activate your intimacy space, which is also the shared resources zone. Mars here can add extra yumminess to a good relationship (enjoy!), but could bring up strife if there is any tension especially around financial issues. Communicator Mercury goes retrograde on 5/18 (thru 6/11) in this same territory, so be extra careful to be clear about what you mean.
SAGITTARIUS November 23 – December 20 Dear Sagittarius, May’s astro energy has a 2 steps forward 1 step back tone for you. As the month begins ruler Jupiter rolls along merrily again in Leo adding extra opportunity to your creative concepts and helping promote your brand far and wide. Love goddess Venus is in your relationship zone, just where she belongs, and Mercury is here too adding a nice dash of sparkling communication. Things feel peachy! The energy begins to shift on 5/11 when Mars enters your relationship space for the first time in 2 years. Mars = action. On the plus side Mars here means people in your life help pick up the pace and get things moving in a good direction, while on the other end Mars’ warrior-like nature can activate relationship tension. You might feel like people are all up in your business who don’t belong there! Then on 5/18 Messenger Mercury turns retrograde which adds to communication mix-ups. The best way to navigate all this is to maintain your optimistic outlook and become more aware of how your truth speaking tendency might trigger reactions you didn’t expect. In other words tame your tongue and enjoy life more!
CAPRICORN December 21 – January 19 Dear Capricorn, Venus begins the month in your job zone helping you relax and enjoy your work more. On 5/7 Venus enters your relationship space to bring sweet times with those you care about. She’ll be here through 6/5 so love the ones you’re with and they’ll love you back! Communicator Mercury is in your work zone and forms an opposition to ruler Saturn in early May. Saturn is retro now floating off in your dream-time zone and this opposition with Mercury will help you tune into the symbolic messages Saturn is receiving, like an old fashioned telephone wire carrying communication from one place to the other. Mercury turns retro on 5/18 through 6/11 so messages might get harder to decipher. Maybe you’re not meant to understand them yet. For the first time in 2 years Mars pops into your work space on 5/11 where he travels until 6/24. Active Mars usually means a very busy time on the job, but combined with Mercury retro in this same territory and ruler Saturn retro off in neverland it could mean something different this time. With huge Jupiter in golden Leo in your shared resources zone, perhaps it’s time to let someone else pick up the slack and take care of you.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 19 Dear Aquarius, May has a nice airy astro-vibe that suits you fine! On May Day the Moon is in gracious Libra, and both Venus and Mercury are in Gemini which means Aquarius is the third prong of this lovely air sign connection. On 5/7 Venus moves into your job space so things at work get sweeter too. Meanwhile bull headed Mars in Taurus is still kicking around your home zone. He’ll be your house guest until 5/11 when he too enters Gemini and romps into your creativity and fun zone and things start to lighten up. Mars = action and your offspring are also represented in this zone, so kids are on the move too. Mars has not been here in 2 years so you’ll enjoy this spark of creativity! Mental Mercury flies through this same territory bringing fresh ideas and encouraging bright conversations. On 5/18 Mercury turns retrograde, so if things seem to stall, and plans start to fade not to worry. The pace will pick up again when Merc moves forward on 6/11.
PISCES February 20 – March 20 Dear Fish Folk, May’s astro energy has swirling currents for you. The month begins with Mars in Taurus romping through your mental sphere while Mercury and Venus are flying like sprites through your home zone. Venus leaves on 5/7 to enter fellow water sign Cancer which rules your creativity, kids and fun zone. You’ll enjoy this comforting stream. Mars enters Gemini on 5/11 so activity around the house ramps up again. Mars is here for the first time in 2 years and will be your house guest until 6/24. Mars is tons of fun in airy Gemini but is also majorly distracting, so be prepared! Communicator Mercury is in Gemini too adding bright ideas and uplifting conversation around the home. Mercury will be flitting around your house twice as long as usual because he goes retrograde from 5/18 to 6/11 and remains in Gemini through 7/8. You’ll need to exercise your famous Pisces flexibility, especially during Merc’s retro phase, because distractions will rule the day! With Jupiter continuing to maximize opportunity in your job space, if things get too chaotic at home you’ll actually appreciate leaving to go to work.
ARIES March 21 – April 21 Dear Aries, May begins with both the Sun and ruler Mars in practical Taurus activating your income zone. “Practical” is not a word often associated with Aries, and with mighty Jupiter in Leo maxing your creativity and fun zone you might be struggling to find a way to have the things you want now versus saving for later. You get some help from Venus and Mercury in flexible Gemini brightening up your mental space. Gemini is a juggler so ideas about how to manage things come easier now. But be aware that Mercury goes retrograde (from 5/18 thru 6/11) in this same territory, and when he retros in your mind and communication zone your brain can get snarled from too much input. On top of this Mars enters Gemini on 5/11 (thru 6/24) for the first time in 2 years, which activates your mind even further. This can be a good thing, powerful plans come to the forefront and you see more clearly what to do. Or not so good if Mars activates Gemini’s attention deficit side and makes you feel like you are being pulled every which way but loose! During this same time (from 5/7 thru 6/5) Venus enters the nourishing sign of Cancer which rules your home and family space, so calmer energy is available too, use it!