Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

May begins with blustering winds on the inner realms, along with questionable decisions and technical snafus as Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto retrograde. Mercury turns direct May 3rd conjunct the chaotic planet Uranus, and the problems begin to disentangle. Expect lightning bolts and wildcards, awakening moments and exciting new ideas mid-month. Venus in Aries brings fresh, edgy excitement but can keep us impatient unless we let our emotional spikes wash through us and look for the calm connection underneath.

Around May 11 we have an opportunity to let go of anger and resistance, but we may need to ask tough questions as Mars squares Neptune. Romance and art projects begin to bud after May 15 as Mercury enters Venus-ruled Taurus. The Sun enters flirtatious, curious Gemini on May 20 and our social life has an opportunity to blossom along with our garden. May 25-31 emotional Venus squares intense Pluto and our hearts consider the more serious issues of our time. We are reminded to think globally, act locally, and keep our voice engaged in decisions that impact our future.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Don’t worry about whether or not others understand you at the beginning of the month; work to understand yourself and notice an evolution of your identity. Mid-month bears fruit, a chance to shine and be appreciated. May 29-31 can bring tests, but they open opportunities if you meet them with equanimity.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Your dreams may be wild the first week of May. Stay aware of your emotional peripheral vision; secret enemies and admirers stir the pot just out of sight mid-month. You’ll find the world’s rhythms more comfortable after May 15. Towards the end of the month, share wisely from your compassionate soul.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…The first week of May, keep track of what matters or the parts scatter. You blossom this month, but may have friends who need your practical support as they walk through some unexpected challenges. Be ready to move to the forefront and lead as the sun enters Gemini May 20.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Technical glitches at work can create irritations the first week unless you make them a meditation or a game. After May 10, be ready with fresh ideas for your work, both personal and professional; take an opportunity to implement your innovations for the betterment of all.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Be careful of transportation difficulties around May 6. Listen for news and concepts that open your horizons May 9-12. Your philosophies can expand in response to a new perception, fresh metaphysics. Bask in attention for your work and your sense of personal authority after May 20.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Hang in there this first frustrating week; relax, destress and wait. Let anxieties flow over you. Your relationship to material goods shifts mid-month; practice loving detachment and sort your priorities, what to keep and what to let go. Appreciate and accept unusual help from allies after May 21.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Practice staying centered while uncomfortable in early May. Don’t get between other people’s disagreements; lend support and offer a calmer approach instead. Meditate on loving kindness. Watch the focus turn towards you and your solutions by the end of the month.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Your health, your habits and your methods of communication need gentle attention in early May, as you can get irritated or inflamed when anxious. Make adjustments, but towards a clear goal rather than away from irritations. Mid-month your strategy sharpens. Relationships soften after May 25.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You handle the first week of May better than most because you can make lemonade out of lemons. Just move with care and watch for minor accidents. Creativity and opportunities to open your heart sprout up. After May 20, speak your truth, but remember to also speak your gratitude.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Tend to unfinished business in your personal life or inner world in early May. Let the world untangle through May 9 and then kick into high gear. Restlessness can help you renovate or transform home and daily habits while you stay patient and productive on the career front.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You learn vicariously this month as you help others through hard times. Neighbors, siblings and friends you consider brothers and sisters may need your presence, if not your advice, while they adapt to changing circumstances. After May 20, your life picks up and commences a transformation, large or small. Travel beckons.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Your life may flow better than most people’s this first week of May; your creative adaptability serves you well, though your tender heart hurts for the woes of the world. Opportunities open mid-month; make sure to seize them as long as they are in line with what you truly believe. Walk your talk and show others how success can also be compassionate.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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