Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac : Fertile ground – May 2016


Our garden and the ground of our soul are fertile, ripe for planting anything we truly want to grow (seeds, love, resumes, projects) with the Sun, Mercury, Venus in earthy, stubborn, fecund, Venus-ruled Taurus as May begins. On the Taurus New Moon May 6-7, plant with love and care; It will grow, so make it beautiful. May 8-10 an openhearted and romantic Venus-Jupiter trine opens our heart, creates connections, and encourages creative flow.

Just don’t rush. With Mercury retrograde April 29 through May 23, complications arise when we hurry, push or get stuck in our head. Mercury symbolizes communication and transportation; when Mercury retrogrades (appears to back up as it passes between Earth and Sun) our hearts know more than our head. If tension arises, assume a misunderstanding. Confirm facts, schedules and look for a silver lining in delays. Review, retreat, remember, reconnect. The Sun enters flirtatious, curious Gemini on May 20, Venus follows May 24, and the conversation speeds up.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Your world buzzes with opportunity if you stay on track and double-check your facts; sprint ahead, just make sure you’re running in the right direction. If material concerns crop up, work with karma and plant seeds of future abundance; generosity boomerangs. Reconnect with an old interest mid-month, sidestep confrontation in late May.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You understand the present rhythm, and can be helpful in a way that help people appreciate what you do and who you are. Garden life well May 6-11, as subtle doors open. Don’t count on others’ generosity mid-month; it comes with unexpected complications. Stay centered but flexible May 24-26 and prioritize healthy relationships.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…If you feel out of your element the first few weeks of May, find the humor in oddities. Drop into your heart and out of your head to solve problems. Heal old misunderstandings mid-month. Rest and recuperate now, your season is coming. Handle anxiety with grace May 20-24, then take the conversational lead.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Nurture community relationships, feed family, support teamwork. Tap into your ability to lead people out of misunderstanding and into caring. Plant seeds in gardens and friendships friendship May 6-10. Connect around moments of shared history mid-month; review and fine-tune your memory. You may choose quiet when others get busy after May 23.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Look for fertile professional opportunities by reconnecting with old leads, students or mentors. Walk lightly and stay flexible the first three weeks of May; if you’re misunderstood, open your heart and reach out to understand. Prove to be a wonderful, open-hearted listener. Your social life opens towards the end of the month.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Life is your university; everything is a learning experience, just how you like it. Since mistakes are expected under Mercury retrograde, relax and try a new skill. Appreciate humor in slapstick, notice unusual luck, and have faith. Keep agenda light May 21-25 to deal with unexpected events. Balance the many possibilities afterwards.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You appear so upbeat, your normally supportive circle won’t notice if you face some tough inner work this month. Speak up if you need help. Notice unspoken motivations of the people around you and investigate your concerns. Much will be made clear in the conversation towards the end of the month.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…If life feels difficult, stop pushing. Honor other people’s process, support their efforts, and they’ll support you next. Mercury retrograde can be a relief; enjoy quiet solitude if communication gets difficult, rather than cranky. Get contemplative, and let in the quiet to serve you when the world gets noisy after May 24.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Work, work, work; don’t stress it or drop the ball for the first few weeks of the month. Take leadership, encourage discouraged people mid-month; people will tend to lean on you. Life gets more comfortable after May 24, but the energy diffuses; concentrate on bringing small projects to completion before, explore afterward.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You’re probably tired of being the grown-up in the room; take time to feed your personal dreams May 6-10. Your deep sense of responsibility helps others stay on track mid-month, but don’t micro-manage; instead co-create with Spirit and cohorts and leave room for serendipitous mistakes. Relax and receive the last week of May.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Return to your roots, to an old habit that makes you feel cozier; visit home or visit with someone who reminds you of family. Whether comfortable or uncomfortable, old family patterns come up for review and healing. Clear unfinished business to more comfortably create the home and family you want in the future.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Don’t get caught up in others’ tensions early May; instead, be a soothing, imaginative resource who helps others think of fresh possibilities when they feel stumped. Mid-May, take an opportunity to learn from familiar people; it does them good to teach. Get centered to help manage the post-May 24th business with aplomb.

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Heather Roan Robbins
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


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