Star Wisdom: Picking up the Pace


With Mars back to direct motion, the pace of life picks up in a positive way in May. The first eclipse of 2012, a solar eclipse in Gemini on the 20th, ratchets up the energy and could make things feel a little chaotic.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Very positive money energy for you in May. With your ruling planet Mars finally back up to speed, you’re primed to take advantage of this opportunity period. You’ve got the energy and drive to work hard — both on your financial goals and on your own health and fitness. Good times!

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…The Venus retrograde that starts mid-month could have you reevaluating your finances. You might decide you’ve been working too hard at things you don’t enjoy and it’s about time for a change. You’ve got so much positive energy around you this month; anything is possible if you believe in it.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…If it feels like life is moving too slowly, I want to encourage you to enjoy the leisurely pace while it lasts. Once the Sun moves into your sign on the 20th, you’re going to be blasted into a much more frenetic period. The solar eclipse in your sign (also the 20th) challenges you to turn your career fantasies into reality. You might have to drop some old beliefs about what you can and can’t do.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You feel pulled to reconnect with old friends or colleagues this month. One of these people from the past helps you see where your current life path or career arc is not proving to be as satisfactory as you’d planned. Once you tune in to what’s really important to you now, you find that your tribe is actually quite willing to support you in going for it.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You feel stronger and surer about your career (or your public self) than you have in many moons and life responds to this confidence with an influx of great opportunities. Although you might still be spending more money than you want to, you also have the drive and focus to make more money. Sooner or later the expenses will die down but the new income you create in May will continue to be there.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…With Mars finally direct in your sign, life looks totally different than it did for most of 2012. Make sure you’re channeling your anger energy into assertive action, because you can make a great leap forward this month. The solar eclipse on the 20th challenges you to redefine your career goals or diversify into a new area.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…The Venus retrograde and the solar eclipse on the 20th both fall in your 9th House of spirituality, intuition and beliefs. This powerful set of influences wants to help you open your mind and align your actions with your ideals. The Full Moon on the 5th could bring a very positive new income stream into your life and you’ve got positive money luck all month long.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…With your traditional ruling planet Mars back to direct motion that feeling you’re walking through life dragging a ball and chain behind you has disappeared. This fortunate energy shift brings career opportunities and the chance to connect with positive people who share your ideals. You also benefit from wonderful relationship energy this month!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…It’s like someone hit the “restart” button on your career and public life this month. Plans that have dragged or stalled out over the last three months suddenly come back to life and start shooting forward again, and the hard work you’ve been putting in shows signs of paying off. A relationship needs to shift at the eclipse on the 20th.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…Honor your creativity this month. With Jupiter and the Sun hanging out in your 5th House, you can get your work done and still make plenty of time to enjoy the good things in life. In fact, you’ll find that the more you make time for your creative self, the more your professional activities flourish.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…The first half of the month continues the recent theme for you of focusing on home, family and your emotional life. Remember this is the best time in twelve years for you to find your spot and put down roots. As the energy shifts into Gemini at the solar eclipse on the 20th, you’re ready to re-emerge and plunge back into the world of ideas and social intercourse.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…May is a time of “mind healing” – you find it easy to tune into the most graceful, helpful, positive thoughts and you naturally want to share those with the world. You could see a surprising success come from a writing project, teaching gig, or public speaking opportunity this month, so put it out there. FYI: The eclipse on the 20th might find you moving or dealing with a family or parental issue.

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D.K. Brainard
D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:


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