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Both Mars and Mercury, as well as Saturn and Pluto, are retrograde for the greater part of May. Take things one step at a time. Mercury is moving backwards through the stubborn sign of Taurus so don’t expect to win any arguments. You will have to re-examine the areas of life ruled by the place where Taurus is in your chart. Mercury ends his retrograde period on May 22.
Mars will be in retrograde motion all month, moving back from Sagittarius to Scorpio. When you feel angry, you need to look below the surface to find the real cause of your rage as it won’t be what’s in front of you. You may find that you lose interest in something that once thrilled you. If so, let it go.
May 1 – Moon VC Aquarius, enters Pisces 10:33 am. Neptune shines on May Day and ushers in a new month. Let the essence of spirituality be a big part of your celebration of the day. Try to go to a place where there’s moving water and throw your worries away as the water flows by. It’s a day to plant something special that you’ll have for a long time. Honor the fertility of the day as the ancients used to do.
May 2 – Moon in Pisces. It’s another earthy fertile day when you feel the beauty and lushness of the natural world around you. It’s a day to celebrate the spirit of nature and her abundance. Plant as much as you can. Be generous to whoever you encounter today. It will be hard to stick to a schedule as you want to stay in the moment.
May 3 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 1:04 am. Today is a lucky day. Your feelings will tell you what to do, what to choose, and where to go, and you can act on this information in the afternoon. It’s a make-a-wish day when you can manifest your dreams, although it takes some effort on your part. Try to slow down and not be so impatient.
May 4 – Moon in Aries. Do your own thing today and remember that you are responsible for your actions. You can solve problems and put out fires if you stop and think before you act. Meet your frustrations head on but keep a lid on your temper. Work off excess energy with exercise where you challenge yourself and try to beat your personal best.
May 5 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 1:10 pm. It’s a day to figure out how to make adjustments as things are probably not going as you planned them to be. Mars and Mercury both being retrograde are laughing at your wishes that things will proceed easily. You may have to try a few times before you get it right. Tonight is the dark of the moon and the Eta meteor showers are happening so be sure to get outside and look up at the sky.
May 6 – Moon in Taurus. This is the real earth day with the Sun and Moon both in Taurus. Today’s new moon invites you to sit, relax, and contemplate the perpetual serenity of the earth element. Taurus rules the throat and so it is appropriate to chant, say mantra, and pray out loud. It is a good time to establish a healthy habit. Do your planting today as the weekend is under barren moons.
May 7 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 12:34 pm. Have a slow, lazy, stay in bed start to the day. You’ll want to get out and about in the afternoon. It’s good energy for seeing people and trading news. Keep out of the garden except to cultivate and weed. Continue on with a project that is making a big change in your life. Eliminate whatever and whoever is holding you back.
May 8 – Moon in Gemini. Connect with your siblings to honor mother on this special day for her. If you give her plants, don’t put them in the ground today. If you want to buy an expensive gift, give her a card and tell her about it, but wait two more weeks to buy it until Mercury goes direct. Call the women who have nurtured you and show them your love.
May 9 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 1:24 pm. Jupiter turns into direct motion today and he jumpstarts your luck, especially in work and health matters. The Sun and Mercury meet in a special way and offer you ideas but be sure to write them down and wait to implement them. Double check all your communications. You can plant in the afternoon.
May 10 – Moon in Cancer. Today and tomorrow are the most fertile days of the month and any planting you do will reward you with luxurious growth. It’s a lucky day as Venus and Jupiter desire to give you all good things. Look back and see if there was anything you overlooked or didn’t act upon concerning your finances. You have a second chance to take advantage of that opportunity. Do tomorrow’s important work today.
May 11 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 5:32 pm. The morning is a highly productive time to finish old work. Don’t think of starting anything, wait until tomorrow. Take time today to fuss over your indoor plants and repot them and give them fertilizer and love. Continue on with planting in the garden and yard as the weekend has a barren moon. Go through the freezer and cook up what’s there and entertain this evening.
May 12 – Moon in Leo. You’ll feel strong and stable and able to withstand any winds of change that blow your way. You won’t do anything unless you feel a passion for doing it. It’s a good night to have a heart-to-heart talk with someone you love. You’ll hear your deepest thoughts surface as you speak and they may shock you.
May 13 – Moon in Leo, VC 1:02 pm. Get your work done in the morning. Use the afternoon to start your weekend early. It’s a good time to work on your writing and artistic ventures. You’ll feel a flow of creativity and can add beauty to your work. Take some time to liven up your workspace by changing or adding plants and attractive objects. You can create a romantic evening that can surprise you with the passion that arises.
May 14 – Moon in Virgo. It’s a work weekend which is perfect for Spring cleaning. You’ll focus on fixing things around the house and getting to all the stuff on the thing-to-do list that you’ve put aside for another time. Now’s the time. Clean all the junk food out of the house while you go through the kitchen to recycle and find donations for the food bank. Find ways to heal yourself by changing to a healthier lifestyle.
May 15 – Moon in Virgo. You can’t plant today but you can get the garden and yard in order. Do a mega-weeding job. Mow the lawn. There’s an emphasis on earth and you can use this to take care of your body, your possessions, and your health. Take a good look and make a list of home repair work that must be done. You’ll see things you’ve overlooked.
May 16 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 1:33 pm. Go to the bottom of your list of tasks and choose the most tedious ones to do today. Pay old bills. It’s a day to get rid of undone and unfinished things that have been hanging over you. You want to clear the slate by next week when Mercury will go direct. You have the energy to go through those piles of paper, emails, journals, and other things that are cluttering up your flat surfaces.
May 17 – Moon in Libra. You can plant flowers and flowering trees and bushes today. Venus rules the day and she wants you to go out and socialize with people you care about. She will help you if you have to do make any compromises in your interactions. She tells you to remember that you attract good things when you are kind.
May 18 – Moon in Libra, VC 11:23 am. You have the morning to get your work done. You’ll have tact and the insight to find a common ground when people are disagreeing. The afternoon is a good time to catch up on your social obligations. Have a luncheon or a tea party. Treat yourself to a facial or other kind of beauty treatment.
May 19 – Moon in Scorpio. Today is the last day of Taurus. Spend some time enhancing your environment. Plant and transplant to take advantage of the abundant earthy fertility of the day. Use herbs, aromatherapy, and food to heal anything that has been bothering you. A hug and a kiss will work wonders too. Think of what you need and want to buy once Mercury is direct.
May 20 – Moon in Scorpio. The Sun enters Gemini at 10:37 am. Gemini is ruled by Mercury who is getting ready to end his retrograde motion. The energy of the day is transitional and will feel confusing. Finish up the week’s work and don’t try to push forward your personal agenda. Do the planting you planned to do this weekend today.
May 21 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 2:48 pm. Today’s full Moon connects to Mars who is retrograde. The next few weeks may feel muddled. You’ll be full of big ideas which may never come to fruition. Try to stay calm and do what helps you when you are agitated. Do breathing exercises and mediate as this full moon bestows spiritual benefits.
May 22 – Moon in Sagittarius. Mercury goes into direct motion at 9:20 am. The Sun and Mars stand opposed and bring suppressed energy to a head. There will be bad tempered moments when anger explodes. Do what is necessary to deal with frustrations. Try to see the big picture and realize when your mind is running old thought tapes. If you feel blocked, look for another way to proceed.
May 23 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC 11:37 am. You’ll want to rush into new projects but it’s best to wait until Mercury starts moving forward a bit. The energy is still jangled today and it’s best to hold off until tomorrow. You can plan though using the information that came to you during the past three weeks. Get outside and enjoy your favorite sport.
May 24 – Moon in Capricorn. Today is a good day to begin your climb up towards your goals. You need to take it step by step. Venus enters Gemini and encounters Mars who jazzes her up with dreams of far away places. You’ll see old friends and lovers reappear with in person, by email, or you’ll take the initiative to make contact.
May 25 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a day to work work work. You’ve been waiting for such a day for weeks. You’ll see the mistakes you made while Mercury was retrograde and will know how to correct them. You can revise your schedules and set new goals and see how take your job/business to the next level. You can hire, fire, or take a new job today.
May 26 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 10:27 am. It’s an idea day since the Sun and Moon are both in mentally active air signs. You can see how to move forward and where to stand back and clean up any mess you’ve made. The action will be mostly in your head as Mars is still slowing down your momentum. It’s a good day for meetings and thinking in a group.
May 27 – Moon in Aquarius. Mars backs into Scorpio and insists you examine the things you did in January and February. He’s giving you a second chance to get it right. You’ll find objects you lost at that time that you thought were gone forever. It’s a good time to start therapy for those nagging problems that you haven’t been able to get to the bottom of and heal them.
May 28 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 4:19 pm until 5:06 pm when it enters Pisces. Hold off from gardening today as nothing you plant will do well. Rearrange your schedule to make room for planting tomorrow. It’s a good day to get involved n a community project such as Habitat, or a fundraiser, or taking a group of kids on an educational trip. Take a workshop this weekend.
May 29 – Moon in Pisces. It’s a good day to plant berry bushes and fruit trees. Then go somewhere where you can be by on, in, or looking at water. Give yourself some time today to drift and space out. You don’t want to be on a schedule or locked into a firm plan. It’s a day to be flexible and spontaneous.
May 30 – Moon in Pisces, VC 7:10 pm until 9:09 pm when it enters Aries. Enjoy the holiday if you have the day off. You’ll be caught between wanting to take a well deserved rest and the urge to go out and help someone. You can have deep conversations about earthy subjects such as land and money. Continue to plant and transplant.
May 31 – Moon in Aries. It’s full speed ahead now that you’re back to work with Mercury in direct motion. You may want to change your routines and patterns of working to something that better suits you. Keep a handle on your temper. Try to see frustrations and annoying people as lessons that show you where you can make change. Be sure to exercise today.