Sunday, May 20 - Saturday, May 26

Last week probably threw you into some unexpected situations. That theme continues, albeit with more support from Jupiter trine Neptune. This week is all about making the most of your generative force: your creativity, what you put out in the world, your you-ness. Jupiter and Neptune support you in expressing your emotions, in larger-than-life, poetic ways. On Sunday, you may feel genuinely wounded and long to hide in your shell. Chiron’s lessons require you to heal that wound of insecurity and bravely carry on with your authentic self. You are not that 2011 version of yourself anymore. What would you tell that person if you could go back and have a heart-to-heart?

You don’t always have to be publicly, visibly authentic to be brave, though. The sun moves into Gemini on Sunday night, beginning a season of imaginative dreaming in your secret inner world. Balance your alone time with all of the giving you’re doing lately. Your creative energy really is at an all-time high, especially with Pallas Athene moving into your sign on Monday to enhance your intuitive powers. On Wednesday, the muse could easily gift you some of your best ideas yet, and people line up to hear them towards the end of the week. Next weekend, on the 26th, the Venus-Saturn opposition suggests you’ll have another serious moment in a primary relationship. Whether it’s with a friend or significant other, you’re assessing where you are and moving to the next stage. It could be a time of seeing reality, breaking a contract with someone and walking away, or renewing your commitment to someone dear to your heart. You’re growing up together. No more hiding.


Sunday, May 13 - Saturday, May 19

Mercury in Taurus is already connecting you with the people who will be key players in your next cycle. Look for the other wild ones, the rebels at heart, and discuss what you might grow together. The Taurus new moon on Tuesday is the perfect time to set intentions for joint projects and the new relationships you’re beginning to form. There is a potential to form powerful alliances this cycle, particularly with boss women. As Uranus crosses the threshold of Taurus just hours after this new moon, you may get quite the surprise in the beginning of the week. In the best-case scenario, an unexpected gift could fall in your lap. You may meet an unpredictable person who inspires you. It’s not easy to see the future where Uranus is involved, but change is inevitable. Get ready for a  wild ride.

On Wednesday, Mars enters Aquarius, reminding you that you usually can’t reinvent your entire social life and make all of your dreams come true without breaking some old taboos. Every culture has unspoken rules against standing out from the herd, and they may be so ingrained that they feel unbreakable: a “taboo” on shining too brightly, a “taboo” on showing people how different you are, a “taboo” on the radical ideas you tend to keep to yourself. What “taboos” have you been afraid of breaking in your life so far? After revolutionizing your career, Uranus isn’t going to let you crawl back into your old shell. It won’t fit you now, and trust--you look sooo much better dancing naked in the woods under the full moon anyway. Venus enters your sign on Saturday, inviting you to lavish your beautiful self with tender care. Treat yourself to a new look that imbues with confidence as you enter this new cycle of radical leadership.


Sunday, May 6 - Saturday, May 12

Gear up for yet another week of big shifts in your career. The moon may be waning, but you still have things to accomplish. You’ve been trying to move fast since Mercury Retrograde and you keep encountering obstacles that slow you down. Persevere. This will pass. At the end of it you’ll have a better idea of what you want to do in your vocation and who you want to work with. If you’re one half of a power couple, your partner is making moves that will shift your image as a pair. You were probably giving a lot last week--hopefully in fun, creative, ways--and that continues with the sun opposite Jupiter. Try not to give away more energy than you really have. Monday, at least, is a time for dreaming about where you’ll go from here. Retreat and replenish a bit to balance all of your efforts. As you inch closer to the end of the week, Mercury’s alliance with Uranus grows stronger, and so does the probability of a parting career surprise before the great awakener moves into Taurus. You’ve totally reinvented your public image in the last seven years. Nobody, least of all you, probably thought you’d be called to do what you’re doing now. You’re more agile and resilient than ever. Continue to embrace the unexpected.


Sunday, April 29 - Saturday, May 5

The sun trine Saturn on Sunday helps to cement a friendship or partnership. When the people you choose are solid, the cycle of giving and receiving love is easy. It sounds simple, but most of us have a lot to learn from relationships. Saturn in Capricorn is testing your commitments now. Sunday night’s full moon in Scorpio lights up your house of romance and fun. This is a wonderful moon for letting loose. The aspects have been tense lately. Go play! Enjoy time spent with the people you love. This moon creates a fixed cross with the sun and the nodes, signifying some creative potential for you to utilize your talents and express yourself. Luna is also making a quintile to the rulers of Scorpio, Mars and Pluto, who are still making a close conjunction in Capricorn. Developments in relationships from last week continue to reverberate through the weekend.

This is likely to be a highly creative week for you, as the sun continues squaring the nodes. The use of your talents is the key here, so continue to emphasize play and you will find creative solutions. Jupiter trine Neptune continues to support your self-expression this month, as does Venus sextile the north node on Thursday. You must still hold true to what you want in your career, especially with clients and other partners, as Mercury is coming off a square to Saturn and begins to square Pluto on Tuesday (exact on May 7th). Your default is to care for others, and retreat to your hiding place when you receive too much attention. Resist this habit. Not that you shouldn’t care about other people, but practice putting your own needs first this week, and see if you can reach a balance. Get comfortable with letting others know how you feel.


May

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.
— Margaret Mitchell

Uranus in Taurus comes bearing gifts. You might have no idea what they are until they arrive, suddenly, on your doorstep. Taurus is the sign in your house of receiving, where we place our wishes and sometimes find that they come true, and where we find communities who love us for who we are. Uranus is the modern ruler of the eleventh house, but Uranus and Taurus are an interesting pairing--the planet of sudden, lightening-bolt style changes and the sign of slow, steady growth. You are the most likely candidate for beginning an eight-year cycle of radical activism: environmental, feminist, or economic. A rebel leader re-wilding the world with fellow Uranians. If that doesn’t sound like you, you could be surprised. After all, you just spent the last seven years totally reinventing your career and public image. Did you think you would be where you are now?

May begins on the heels of that heady Scorpio full moon on April 29th, just brimming with creativity. The cardinal squaring from April spills over into May as well, with Mercury square Pluto on April 7th and Mars on the 12th. The tension between career and partnerships is not over. You’re refreshing things at work, and therefore perhaps the way you work with clients or business partners. It may have been difficult with Pluto and Mars in Capricorn, but stick with your plan for change. Chiron in Aries is showing you how to stop hiding. Sometimes that means disappointing other people, and that’s just a given. You’re forming alliances with the ones who will love where you’re going together.

The other aspects in the second week of May are less intense. Venus squares Neptune on the 7th, suggesting explorations of a romantic, imaginative nature. The sun opposite Jupiter on the 8th speaks of creative births, as Jupiter in Scorpio has been inspiring you for some time now. On the 11th, the sun makes a trine to Pluto, supporting the formation of partnerships with community members who really get you.

On May 13th, Mercury meets Uranus at the very last degree of Aries, sending a brilliant last message regarding your career zeitgeist before moving into Taurus to help you form connections. Uranus follows on the 15th, and on the same day, we have a new moon in Taurus. As the new moon is traditionally a time for setting intentions and planting seeds, think about how you want your 8-year Uranus reinvention cycle to look. Who do you want to become at the end of it? What are you wishing for? What kinds of brilliant, wild people do you hope to hang out with? Hold that vision in your mind as you start a whole new era.

This new moon is extremely active , so you don’t really get to ease into it. You’ll be getting started right away! Mars enters Aquarius on May 16th, immediately squaring Uranus in Taurus. Mars in Aquarius is driven to rebel and reform. He’s quite innovative, confident in his new ideas, and ready to convince others of them. Uranus in Taurus is all about freeing yourself socially, so this aspect pushes you to muster all your resources and let go of old, encumbering pain. You will immediately be challenged to bring your whole self forward, including your questioning mind and your private musings. This square lasts until June 15th, so it’s a longer aspect. This first month of Uranus’ transit through Taurus will be teaching you how to find the wild ones.

It’s a comfort for you that Venus enters your sign on May 19th, blessing you with her beauty, charm, and grace as you venture out of your shell. Spend some time on your image to help yourself feel more confident when you go out. Venus squares Chiron on the 20th, indicating some trepidation about putting yourself in the spotlight. Luckily, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces provide some soft water aspects to support you through these big transits. Jupiter’s trine to Neptune is technically exact on May 25th, but both planets are within one degree of each other for the entire week of May 20 - 27. This aspect will become an even more stable grand water trine with Venus in Cancer starting May 28th (exact June 1st). The end of May is a lovely time for you to experiment with self-expression and show others what you can do.

The sun enters Gemini on May 20th, activating your imagination and beginning a season of fresh ideas. You may seek some solitude to balance all of the socializing you’re doing this month. On May 26th, Venus in your sign opposes Saturn in Capricorn. This suggests some difficulties with a partnership or friendship. You may be burdened with duty when you would rather play. The commitment will work as long as you recognize your own lovability. All the more reason to balance your commitments with time alone.

On May 29th, Mercury enters Gemini, the sign of his rulership, enlivening your imagination even more. Messages come through dreams and in other psychic ways. Fresh ideas float in on the breeze. We end the month with a full moon in Sagittarius on the same day. This moon calls you to make your daily life an adventure. Sagittarius and Gemini can’t stand monotony. Explore new rituals in the realms of health, work, and spirituality. This moon is trine the north node in Leo, suggesting that such explorations could pay off. You are becoming an expert in the unexpected. Open up to receive what the future has to offer.


Major Transits in May

Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)

Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces: Apr. 5 - Oct. 1

Exact May 20 - 27

Venus in Gemini sextile North Node in Leo: Apr. 30 - May 5

Exact May 3

Sun in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces: May 2 - 10

Exact May 6

Mercury in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: May 1 - 13

Exact May 7

Venus in Gemini square Neptune in Pisces: May 2 - 13

Exact May 7

Sun in Taurus opposite Jupiter in Scorpio: May 2 - 14

Exact May 8

Sun in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn: May 6 - 17

Exact May 11

Mercury in Aries square Mars in Capricorn: May 5 - 12

Exact May 12

Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries: May 9 - 13

Exact May 13

Mercury enters Taurus: May 13

New Moon at 24.36 Taurus: May 15 at 7:48 AM ET

Uranus enters Taurus: May 15

Mars enters Aquarius: May 16

Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus: May 16 - June 15

Exact May 16

Mercury in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn: May 15 - 21

Exact May 18

Mercury in Taurus square nodes: May 15 - 22

Exact May 19

Venus enters Cancer: May 19

Venus in Cancer sextile Uranus in Taurus: May 19 - 22

Exact May 19

Venus in Cancer square Chiron in Aries: May 19 - 26

Exact May 20

Mars in Aquarius sextile Chiron in Aries: May 16 - June 2

Exact May 20

Sun enters Gemini: May 20

Sun in Gemini sextile Chiron in Aries: May 20 - 26

Exact May 22

Mercury in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces: May 21 - 24

Exact May 22

Mercury in Taurus opposite Jupiter in Scorpio: May 19 - 25

Exact May 23

Sun in Gemini trine Mars in Aquarius: May 21 - June 1

Exact May 23

Mercury in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn: May 22 - 27

Exact May 25

Venus in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn: May 20 - 31

Exact May 26

Grand Water Trine: Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune: May 28 - June 5

Exact June 1

Mercury enters Gemini: May 29

Full Moon at 8.10 Sagittarius: May 29 at 10:20 am ET

Sun in Gemini sextile north node in Leo: May 26 - June 2

Exact May 30

Mercury in Gemini sextile Chiron in Aries: May 30 - June 1

Exact May 30

Saturn in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries (never exact): May 18 - Sep. 25

Venus in Cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn: May 31 - June 11

Exact June 5