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MAY 2018

The big event in May happens on May 15 when Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus. He hasn’t occupied that sign since the 1930’s. Taurus is a slow-moving sign of dense, fixed earth. It rules money. Roosevelt’s New Deal was an innovative way to revive the economy and help people who were devastated by the Depression. Since Uranus symbolizes sudden change, electricity, and all that is unexpected, there may be earth changes, personal life changes, as well as fiscal ones.

Those who have planets in Taurus will find that their life transforms in surprising and exciting ways. The area in your chart that holds Taurus tells you where in your life to expect the unexpected.

Uranus will stay in Taurus until 2026.

Mars enters Aquarius on May 16. He will be in retrograde motion this summer which means he will stay in Aquarius for a longer than usual time. There will be tension between Mars and Uranus which can result in conflict on many levels, or may produce great breakthroughs in technology and ways to improve people’s well-being. 

May 1 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 11:19 am. Today is Beltane – the ancient fertility holiday, the forerunner of May Day festivities. Find time this morning to plant a seed as a symbolic gesture. The afternoon is a good time to sell your concepts and proposals to another. Think of it as planting ideas that can grow through the Summer.

May 2 – Moon in Sagittarius. You need to get out and away from your desk and office. Find a way to satisfy your desire for freedom. Research exotic places and make travel plans for a trip to a place you’ve never seen. Try to make it a long trip so you can immerse yourself in a new language and culture. Contact your friends and colleagues who live in other countries.

May 3 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 8:50 pm until 10:06 pm when it enters Capricorn. It’s a hard day to focus as your mind is still wandering all over. Save the work that needs concentration for tomorrow. You’ll see the big picture with all its options but won’t want to sit down to take care of what’s in front of you. Set up an ambitious exercise plan that you can do outdoors.  

May 4 – Moon in Capricorn. This is the best day of the week to get the important work done. You’ll have patience and perseverance and can focus once again. Chose the practical options when faced with a dilemma. You can create a realistic business plan with goals you can achieve and set up a timeline for it. Cut out anything that doesn’t serve your purpose.

May 5 – Moon in Capricorn. This is not a weekend to relax. You’ll feel too serious and want to get things done. You will want to get your hands in the earth so work on organizing and preparing the garden for further planting. You can plant root vegetables and trees and bushes today. It’s a good time for grafting and pruning. Visit antique stores.

May 6 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 9:48 am until 10:48 am when it enters Aquarius. Get up early to finish yesterday’s projects. You can slow down in the afternoon. Find a community undertaking to get involved in. It will feel good to be working with a group for a common goal. Don’t plant, just weed and mow the lawn.

May 7 – Moon in Aquarius. Everyone, including you, will be stubborn today. Avoid confrontations since you will have a very hard time getting someone to change an opinion even if you know that your thoughts may be the better ones. You may feel like the boy in the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes who sees the truth but can’t get anyone to listen to him. Use this energy to do things that you want to last.

May 8 – Moon in Aquarius. Today is one of the year’s lucky days. The Sun and Jupiter meet to offer you a chance to increase your wealth and possessions. It’s a day to take a calculated risk. You must think before you take action because what you do will remain in place for a long time. Increase your chance for good fortune by making a generous donation to a charitable cause.

May 9 – Moon in Pisces. It’s a mellow day. The energy is slow and you don’t feel very ambitious. You’ll prefer to do what you feel like doing, even if it means changing the plans for the day. Do your planting today and tomorrow while the Moon is in a fertile sign. It’s a good time to plant berry bushes along with the usual seeds.

May 10 – Moon in Pisces. You’ll float through the day and shouldn’t encounter many difficulties since you don’t have the energy to push boundaries. Try volunteering at a place where you know that help is needed. It’s a good day to plant so see if an elderly friend or relative needs help in the garden or with window boxes. Find time to meditate.

May 11 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 8:40 am. Today is the first meeting of the Moon and Chiron in Aries. This will bring up new issues concerning your identity and how you feel about yourself. It’s a day to let go of the past and move on so you can start something new. Have the courage to take that next step. It’s okay to be “selfish” and put yourself first.

May 12 – Moon in Aries. You’ll be moving fast today. You’ll say what comes to mind which could ruffle feathers and hurt feelings even though you don’t mean to. Instead of getting into arguments, use this energy to write, invent, or champion a cause. You need time alone as you are not in the mood to compromise or wait for someone to get ready to go. Don’t plant today.

May 13 – Moon in Aries, VC from 2:05 pm until 2:15 pm when it enters Taurus. Mercury enters Taurus after a quick meeting with Uranus. You may spurt out a thought and then have to recant your words later on. Mercury now lets you concentrate on what’s real. He will help you make practical decisions. Stay out of the garden until the late afternoon. Have a Mother’s Day celebration in the evening.

`May 14 – Moon in Taurus. It’s a slow earthy day. The Moon is in its darkest phase which can sap your energy. Use the day to invest in beauty. Download some new music. Buy some art. You’ll find bargains when you shop. Pamper your body and get a massage or facial or some kind of bodywork. Take a nap. Enjoy the calm before the storm.

May 15 – Moon in Taurus, VC from 4:30 pm until 4:43 pm when it enters Gemini. The big event of the day is when Uranus enters Taurus at 11: 23 am. The new Moon adds to the Taurus energy and tells us to pay attention to what is in front of us. It’s not a day for dreaming or wishing. If you feel disrupted by this energy, sit quietly outdoors in a garden, the woods, or any place of natural beauty. Listen to or join in on kirtan or any other form of chanting.

May 16 – Moon in Gemini. Mars enters Aquarius and immediately challenges Uranus to see how he behaves in his new sign. You may have to resist pressure while trying not to block forward movement due to stubbornness. You need to be careful when handling anything dangerous, flammable, or explosive, and avoid dealing with people who have those qualities.

May 17 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 2:18 pm until 5:47 pm when it enters Cancer. You can think your way out of any dilemma. It’s a day to gather information and act later. Work on what you need to write or dictate. Plan a class you want to teach, write a letter to the editor about something you are passionate about, and catch up on your emails.

May 18 – Moon in Cancer. It’s a super fertile prime planting day, one of the best in this lunar month. You have a clear mind for handing money and figuring out how to make it and how to spend it. Make a new budget. Get an estimate on the next home improvement project that needs to be done. Cook a favorite dinner for your family.

May 19 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 5:14 pm until 7:11 pm when it enters Leo. Today is the weekend day to be in the garden and plant as much as you can. Venus enters Cancer to add to the fertility of the day. She wants you to add beauty to your home by choosing some unusual plants. Buy outdoor furniture. Have a date night tonight to reward yourself for all the work you did today.

May 20 – Moon in Leo. Today is the last full day of Taurus. The Sun enters Gemini at 10:15 pm. It’s a day to play. Take the kids and go somewhere that’s fun. If you can get away, take a two-day holiday. You need a little vacation before the Summer. Do something you love to do. Go to flowers shows, art openings, nature walks, something that you usually you don’t have time for.

May 21 – Moon VC Leo. The Moon is void-of-course all day making it perfect for a personal day. Stay out of the garden on this barren Moon. Put your energy into your creative ventures. You’re feeling generous and want to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Play with the kids after school. Make love, dance, and be merry.

May 22 – Moon in Virgo. Mercury rules the day and he helps you sort out all kinds of paperwork, bills, old emails, and RSVPs. Your mind is orderly with a taste of imagination and so you can express your thoughts in a proper way. It will be easy to make up for the things you didn’t get to do yesterday. The Sun and Chiron give you a chance to find new methods of healing old wounds.

May 23 – Moon in Virgo, VC 10:55 am. Get up early to do the most important correspondence and bookkeeping in the morning. Work hard and steady so you can slow down in the afternoon. Bounce ideas off of co-workers and write down the ones that make the most sense. It will be hard to stop talking and be able to you can get things done. Watch out for wasting time with gossip.

May 24 – Moon in Libra. It’s an airy day with both the Sun and Moon in that element. The energy is light and social. You want to see your friends, email them, text, skype to be in touch and share news. Change the pictures on your walls to give you a new perspective. Buy some art. This is the best Moon to plant flowers and vegetables that produce flowers, like broccoli or cauliflower.

May 25 – Moon in Libra, VC 5:03 pm. Keep planting flowers, put some in random places as you go about your day. Make an effort to learn something that’s practical which will help you make a good change. Work with a partner or on a team to resolve conflicts at work or at home. Do something special with your partner or best friend tonight.

May 26 – Moon VC Libra, enters Scorpio 9:39 am. This weekend is another perfect time to plant. The Moon is in one of the best signs for planting and transplanting all crops, including flowers. It’s also excellent for tomatoes and vines. Venus and Saturn bring you down to earth if you’ve been having romantic fantasies. They show you the bottom line concerning love and money.

May 27 – Moon in Scorpio. Keep on with your planting, even if it’s just an indoor garden or window box. You’ll find great relief being by water. Take a trip to somewhere you can sit by, be on, or look at moving water. Go by yourself if no one else wants to go with you. You won’t want to be distracted as you spend the day doing just what you feel like doing.

May 28 – Moon in Scorpio, VC from 1:25 pm until 6:29 pm when it enters Sagittarius. Drink your coffee or other morning stimulant and work intensely in the morning. You can slack off and devote the rest of the day to finishing up what you started and doing a bit more planting. Go on a nighttime hike to get a healthy dose of moonlight.

May 29 – Moon in Sagittarius. Today’s full Moon bestows spiritual energy and knowledge of universal truths. Take time to quiet your mind so that you can be receptive. This won’t be easy as Mercury enters Gemini and throws your mind into rapid gear. You also have to take care of tomorrow’s important work since it will be a full VC day.

May 30 – Moon VC Sagittarius. It’s a catch-up day. Read articles from that pile of journals and magazines or recycle them. Let your mind roam and investigate itineraries for your next trip. Get outdoors and go hiking, biking, running, or swimming. Take extra time to do the sports you love. Stay out of the garden except to weed and pick fruit.

May 31 – Moon in Capricorn. You can do everything you put of doing yesterday. It’s a good day to look over important work or edit your writing as you will find the mistakes. See where you can downsize and cut excess so you can make your money go further. Make a plan for what you want to accomplish in June. Keep the schedule realistic so you can stick with it.

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