Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac
May brings flowers, baby animals populate the woods and our gardens sprout whatever we’ve planted — whether that’s discord and weeds or healthy food and healing herbs. Let’s look carefully at our actual and metaphorical gardens, notice what we’ve planted and nurtured, weed what needs weeding, and garden our health and that of our community in this time of pandemic. May we have the bravery of flowers blooming through burnt fields. Jupiter conjuncts Pluto on and off all this year and keeps the stakes high, reminding us to drop triviality and have a good answer for why we are alive. We cannot say why this happened, but we can ask how we make this time useful.
The sun, Mercury and Uranus all start May in earthy, fertile Taurus. On May 9-10, the sun and Mercury trine Jupiter and Saturn, which supports across-the-aisle collaboration and may offer new information about these great challenges.
May 10-14 Saturn, Venus and Jupiter turn retrograde. We need to keep our hearts open. For the next few months, we review what we’ve learned since 2020 began. Mercury joins Venus in Gemini on May 11, the sun follows May 20, and we need to talk. Communication becomes a saving grace. Let’s get creative with it through the Internet, letters, meditation and shared psychic work.
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Get grounded and inventory your material resources, money and art supplies in early May so you know where you stand. It can be a busy month for you. Keep communication open and keep your head and heart connected. Weave threads together. Engage positive opportunities around May 25 as Mars sextiles Uranus.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Share your comfort and steadiness as May begins. Work through some confusion around May 3 and May 20 as Venus squares Neptune. You’ll need to be adaptive and agile around your material resources this month. Keep an eye on them not with worry, but ingenuity.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)…This month you may flicker between needing time quietly within and actively engaging the world; share time between these needs minute by minute. After May 11, anxiety can creep in, but know that it’s a sign your mind needs something worthy to chew upon; keep busy.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Though you may be more comfortable than most on long retreats, stay in touch with beloveds and community to stay on an even keel. Towards the end of May, review old memories and reassess long-held dreams. Do you now need to let them go, or live them out?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You aren’t built for solitude, but may appreciate quiet time to focus on your inner worlds. Even though your circle may be smaller right now, you’re still a hearth-fire; warm words from you can make all the difference. Help keep groups connected, even at a distance.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Work fluctuates this month. You may be highly visible one minute, and feel hidden the next. Don’t be shy, just stay in there and do quality work. Do what you can and let big projects simmer on the back burner until they are ready to reactivate.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Relationships complicate with unconscious material swirling beneath the surface. Collective emotions, worries and concerns can seep in. The world’s woes can be projected into our love life. Use your amazing relationship intuition to help people understand and support one another instead.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Help people not take things so personally — and do it by example. Because you’re generally good with solitude, it can be hard to empathize with those experiencing emotional or logistical roller coasters mid-month, but you can be helpful. Towards the end of May, tend to personal health and daily routine.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…As May begins, support your health and review your life habits. Release anything that you don’t really need — old feelings, frustrations, ancient stuff in the refrigerator. Communicate clearly around May 10. Mid-May, as Jupiter retrogrades, take a moment to hold still, focus on what matters, then reorganize.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…There are so many big shifts in the world around you and your work identity; remember who you are when you’re just sitting still. Instead of fretting when there’s a delay, engage your creative nature; exercise your right brain and find more patience.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…As May begins, stay versatile; reorient to fit a new situation. Your identity adjusts in relationship to changes around work. Mid-month, reconnect with an element of your past, not to step back from your evolution, but to pick up a dropped stitch and proceed with strength.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Because you feel the collective intensely, your dreams may swirl with other people’s worries. Know it’s not all yours; pray or send healing rather than worry. Engage a window of opportunity around May 10. Late May, tend to siblings, family, and neighborhood — and let them tend to you.