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MAY 2015

May is an earthy month with Venus ruled Taurus in charge for the first there weeks. Enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.

Mercury turns retrograde on May 18 at 13 degrees of Gemini. When Mercury is retrograde in a sign he rules (Gemini and Virgo) the effects are magnified. It’s going to be a rough ride if you don’t get your car, phone, computer or any other communication or transportation device fixed before Mercury turns retrograde. The underlying theme is “What is the meaning of the connections in my life?”

The area of your chart that contains 5 – 13 degrees of Gemini is where you will feel the need for examination and review.

Even though it will soon leave the top of the news stories, the devastation in Nepal will continue for a long time. Be generous and contribute as much as you can to reputable aid organizations to relieve the suffering and help with the rebuilding.

May 1 – Moon in Libra. Venus rules the day and Jupiter is smiling. Open your heart and your eyes to let beauty enter. It’s a good day to start any business related to art, clothing, jewelry, flowers, or decorating. It’s also a day when you can find a way to make a peaceful and fair settlement of any longstanding grievances. Plant flowers and flowering bushes.

May 2 – Moon in Libra, VC 10:03 am. Get out early to do your shopping and then enjoy this lovely day. Visit an arboretum or botanical garden to appreciate the beauty of plants. Take a walk and delight in nature at her best. Buy some art or photographs to liven up your walls. Do something special with your partner to show your love and admiration.

May 3 – Moon in Scorpio. Today’s full moon helps you experience the spirituality in Nature. Find a place outside where you can just sit for a while and quiet your mind. If you can’t get out, examine a flower and see it’s essence in great detail. Saturn and Mercury meet to help you focus your words. They will assist you with any editing you need to do.

May 4 – Moon in Scorpio. It’s a fertile day for planting seeds and ideas. Choose a project and put your all into doing it. Luck comes in proportion to the effort you put in. You may not be able to move as fast as you’d like but don’t get discouraged. It’s a day to choose quality over quantity. It’s a good day to plant berry bushes and corn.

May 5 – Moon in Sagittarius. You can be confident about selling your work, your art, and your ideas. Look for a new job if your old one is not right for you. Send in applications to places where you want to study. Make travel plans to go to far away places where you’ve never been. Get some exercise by mowing and weeding and getting the soil ready for planting.

May 6 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun and Pluto have a pleasant meeting and they want to take you on a ride into the future if you will let them. Don’t be afraid to let go of what you no longer need. It’s an earthy day when you can achieve some solid achievements and move closer toward your goals. It’s a day to have practical dreams.

May 7 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 1:51 pm until 2:16 pm when it enters Capricorn. Venus finishes up her trip through Gemini and moves in to Cancer tonight. Buy books, download some onto your e-book reader, make phone calls, text and email friends. When Venus changes signs you won’t feel as outgoing. You’ll want to work late into the night and make decisions as to what to do during Mercury’s retrograde period.

May 8 – Moon in Capricorn. This is one of the best days for working and getting things done that you’ll have all month. If you have a firm foundation then you will want to take that next step up your career ladder. Set up a schedule for the next few weeks and for the summer’s workload. It will feel good to come home tonight.

May 9 – Moon in Capricorn, VC 4:35 pm until 7:22 pm when it enters Aquarius. Do your weekend planting today. Plant ornamental shrubs and trees. This is a good moon for pruning and grafting, and you can use that as a metaphor for other things you need to do. Put off resting until tomorrow and work hard today. Your imagination sends you to interesting places.

May 10 – Moon in Aquarius. This is rather cold energy for such a sentimental day. It urges you to give Mom the latest in computer and communication technology, or a lesson in how to use it.  Upgrade your software and think about what you want for your next phone, tablet, or computer. Get a jump on doing tomorrow’s important work.

May 11 – Moon VC Aquarius. The best thing you can do today is to think. Mercury turns retrograde in a week so decide today what you must get done before then and what projects you want to finish up during his retrograde travels. It’s a good day for doing inner work and healing an old emotional wound. Mars enters Gemini to let you do many things and explore matters of the mind.

May 12 – Moon in Pisces. Even though it may be hard to focus, you want to apply yourself to the tasks that need to get done. You will be distracted by the beauty around you and will have to resist a tendency to drift off into reveries. It’s a fertile day so do some planting in your free time and let it relax you. Listen to the plants as they tell you where they want to be.

May 13 – Moon in Pisces, VC 12:55 pm. Start early so you can get a lot done before the Moon goes void. Let your intuition choose your priorities. Meditate to get answers to a problem that is bothering you. Spend time by water. Go out this afternoon and do an act of kindness. Give your energy, love, and money to someone who needs them.

May 14 – Moon in Aries. Charge through the day like a horse running a race. Today is the last workday when you can beat Mercury as he prepares to turn retrograde. Meet any obstacles head on and push though them. You don’t want to wait for anyone to catch up to you, as you really have to get a lot done today since tomorrow is a void-of-course Moon day.

May 15 – Moon in Aries, VC 8:03 am. Mars opposes Saturn to make you slow down and reconsider the direction you’re heading. Stop and ponder over everything you are doing. You will have to choose one course of action and follow one path instead of meandering through the woods. You’ll do best finishing up the work you care about most.

May 16 – Moon in Taurus. It will be a lovely weekend to garden and spend as much time outdoors as you can. The energy is weak with the waning moon so save your seeds for later in the week but concentrate on getting the soil ready. Clear, cultivate, and cut wood. There’s a romantic aura in the air making it a good day for showing your loved one how much you appreciate him/her.

May 17 – Moon in Taurus. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday. Slow down and make this a day to rest. Meet friends for brunch. Splurge on your favorite foods and forget your diet for a day. It is the last day when Mercury is facing forward so take care of important paperwork and phone calls. It’s the dark of the moon tonight  – do a fertility ritual in the moonlight.

May 18 – Moon in Gemini. Mercury turns retrograde at 9:50 pm. He is standing still all day and is unable to deliver your messages. You’ll feel like you are in stop and go traffic and can only get short tasks accomplished. Today’s new Moon happens in Taurus in the early hours of the morning. He sets up a month when you want to appreciate and enjoy Nature.

May 19 – Moon in Gemini, VC 1:57 pm. Start getting used to double-checking all you write and type. Reread your emails and texts before you hit the send button. Today is prime for making those kinds of mistakes, especially in the afternoon. You’ll be moving fast and having a hard time settling in on doing one thing. Don’t believe everything you hear.

May 20 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 9:56 am. Today and tomorrow are exceptionally fertile days for planting. Today is a bit better as it’s the last day of earthy Taurus. Take advantage of Taurus practicality and sense of value to shop for things for the yard and house, for clothes and art, food and kitchen utensils. You can find bargains today in thrift stores and tag sales.

May 21 – Moon in Cancer, VC 8:36 pm. The Sun enters Gemini 4:45 am. This is a big transition from earthy energies to mental ones. It makes the energy of the day unstable. Venus stands opposite Pluto and they help you to realize what is real and what is motivated by anxious feelings. You want to examine your relationship and take a good look at your financial situation. Keep planting.

May 22 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 5:42 pm. Finish planting today as the weekend has a barren moon. The Sun stands opposite Saturn, the first time since Saturn is in Sagittarius, and you get a cold hard look at the bottom lines in your life. It’s the prefect day to downsize. Clear out things that have been sitting around and have become clutter.

May 23 – Moon in Leo. It’s a weekend to have fun and party, but not plant. Do your errands today, as it’s a bit better for doing chores. You will feel generous and want to buy presents for friends and family. Keep your purchases to the less expensive items like outdoor toys for the kids. Get out in to the sunshine if it’s there. Smile and be happy.

May 24 – Moon VC Leo. This is the day to lie around like a lazy lion. Put in some serious time in the hammock. Have an all day picnic party. Let your obligations slide until tomorrow. Allow yourself to have a true vacation day. Remember those who have done brave deeds and be thankful for your blessings.

May 25 – Moon in Virgo. Your mind has left party mode and you’ll be thinking of what needs to be done. Venus and Uranus give you insights about how to balance the needs of family vs. your desire for independence. They want to introduce you to someone who can act as a catalyst for change. It will be useful to have conversations with friends so you can toss around ideas and play with your imagination.

May 26 – Moon in Virgo. Today is the day to get re-organized. Go back over what doesn’t work well and retrofit. Get rid of what you’re not using and recycle. Listen to your intuition about what to keep and what to dump. Re-organize your files, your closets, and your schedule. Do tomorrow’s work today but don’t start anything new.

May 27 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 5:42 pm. A VC moon in Mercury’s sign during Mercury retrograde makes for a day where you have to let things unfold instead of makings things happen. Your mind is buzzing with ideas that you can’t act on but should write down for future use. There’s a tendency to gossip so watch your words as they flow out of your mouth. Calm down and go to a place beyond words to access healing energy.

May 28 – Moon in Libra. It’s a day for thinking and planning, contemplating and envisioning. Redecorate your home and office to change the energy around. Move pictures onto different walls. Put things in closets and take things out of storage. You can plant flowers and flowering bushes as well as vegetables where you eat the flowers such as cauliflower and broccoli.

May 29 – Moon in Libra, VC 4:20 pm. Write down last nights dreams so you can find the messages hidden within them. Have a brainstorming meeting or work in a team. Take a friend to lunch. Keep planting flowers and plan your weekend’s gardening. Relax tonight with a romantic or silly movie.

May 30 – Moon in Scorpio. This is the weekend to plant – the Moon is in a fertile sign and increasing in light. It is especially good for growing plants whose seeds are outside, like strawberries, and leafy vegetables. The Sun and Mercury meet telling us that this retrograde period is hallway over. Catch up on your journal entries.

May 31 – Moon in Scorpio. Keep planting and transplanting. Don’t put it off for next weekend as that one has a barren moon. The Sun and Neptune are in a dance and will get you dizzy as they whirl. It is easy to be misunderstood, as each person will latch on to a different meaning of a word or phrase. Find time to meditate.

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