Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

May begins with sparks, deepens into fertile loam and blossom mid-month, and then unfolds into great conversation. The month begins with Venus and Mercury in fiery Aries which can bring inflammation on one side, enthusiasm on the other. We can get feisty as Mercury squares Saturn and Pluto in the first few days of the month, but this can help us define our challenge.

The mood switches on the New Moon in earthy Taurus May 4 at 5:45 p.m. CDT, as it calms down and becomes fecund. May 4-6 is the most fertile planting time of the year; plant seeds, seedlings and ideas. Get the whole garden seeded over the waxing moon May 4-18. We slow down and grow more patient as Mercury enters Taurus May 6. May 7-9 could challenge our upbeat mood with questions around security and potential loss as the Sun and Mercury opposes Pluto and Saturn retrogrades; work together.

Spring fever kicks May 14-15 as Venus conjuncts Jupiter and enters Taurus, calling our thoughts to romance and earthy sensuality. Mars then enters self-protective Cancer and can nudge us towards defensiveness, both as a country and a person. Our passions are stirred under a Full Scorpio Moon on May 18 and as Venus conjuncts Uranus. Ingenuity and camaraderie come to the forefront May 19-21 as the Sun and Mercury enter Gemini.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Make healthy and thoughtful changes in your material surroundings and finances; correct imbalances rather than add to them. Watch for competitive tension around May 5. Express affection mid-May as Venus sextiles Mars. Get ready to put a good change into motion around May 21-22, then start a new conversation.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Your identity may be in metamorphosis, slowly over the next eight years with Uranus in Taurus, triggered by events and considerations that begin now. It may be as simple as a change in hair or as complex as a shift of professional identity. Change can bring a new freedom.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Stay flexible through a tense first week, but look squarely at the problem. Your perception of the world may be challenged this month; ask healthy questions and expand your perception around May 8 and enjoy new stability after May 18, and a new ease after May 21.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Pay attention to important communications around work challenges the first week of May, then relax and support friends and family; you’ll learn vicariously through their transformations. After May 15, as Mars enters Cancer, there’s more potential for action and adventure, but stay proactive rather than reactive.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Be high-profile at work; let yourself shine and come up with ideas for innovative solutions, focused on May 11-14. If life feels uncomfortable May 15-21, just step back, be responsible, and let others shine, then reengage the conversation at the end of the month.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Hang in there and see through responsibilities the first week of May. Then look for opportunities to broaden horizons; learn, publish or engage a great conversation with someone from another culture. After May 22, stay centered and don’t let other people’s nerves frazzle you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Borrow and loan with care this month; keep boundaries clean between yours and theirs. Feel free to be generous as long as you’re willing to let go without strings attached. Investigate potential creative and romantic interests May 4-14, be realistic May 17, and then enjoy a social whirl.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Focus on a project and you’ll have more flexibility with changeable friends. Relationships could be volatile unless you give people room to breathe; if beloveds go through changes that have nothing to do with you, let them process their doubts and don’t take it personally. Look for affirmations mid-month.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Renovate your habits, sense of duty and responsibility, and your health improves. Weave that healthy lifestyle into daily life. Deal with important communications the first week of May. Share your heart mid-month. Emphasis shifts to communications and growing the dialogue after May 24.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…As well as following through on responsibilities, give yourself time to commune with the muse, even if it’s been a while; this can be a creatively juicy month. May 9-15 some future plans may be put on hold, but not stopped, so you can complete a project first.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Engage interesting conversations in your neighborhood; ask provoking questions (a superpower) but stay cool when others get hot under the collar. Honor the need to make creative changes in the home. Look for renewed social connections and creative process after May 21.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Avoid spontaneous unplanned expenses; bring steadiness to that material world and you’ll have more freedom to pursue goals. Engage a steep learning curve, your mind is open and ready, but don’t get overwhelmed mid-month. Stand back if tension builds after May 21; encourage collaboration but don’t get in the crossfire.

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