The lusty month of May is packed with active aspects all the way through. We begin with cardinal squares from Mercury and Venus in Aries and Saturn, the nodes, and Pluto in Capricorn, from May 1st – 9th. In the first third of this month, the drive to act independently comes into conflict with powerful structures. We have to find a way to express our original thoughts and assert our independence within the finite limits of time, or despite the limits imposed by global or national systems. In a helpful way, Mercury sextile Mars in Gemini on May 1st sparks some ideas, and Mercury trine Jupiter on the 2nd inspires us to think even bigger. We can change existing systems of power, and we’re going to need lots of independent, original thinking to get there.
On May 4th we have a new moon at 14.10 Taurus. The Taurus lunar cycle is always a nice time to ground ourselves and remember that we are embodied. If it’s spring where you are, this may also be the very beginning of a season when you can actually go outside and put your bare feet on the earth without freezing your toes off. The new moon, exalted in Taurus, is sextile Neptune in Pisces. This friendly exchange from earth sign to water sign echoes throughout the month, with the sun sextile Neptune on May 8th, Mercury sextile Neptune on May 15th, and Venus sextile Neptune on May 30th. It’s a reminder of your capacity for manifestation. Everything that is now real first existed in the imagination. This cross-fertilization of the real and the imaginal is the cycle of creativity. Consider what you will create in this lunar cycle.
Mars, still in Gemini, opposes Jupiter on May 5th. Mars opposite Jupiter speaks of big enthusiasm, impulsivity, and increased drive. Lots of ideas begin to flower following the new moon! Just exercise caution so you don’t overdo it. On May 6th, Mercury leaves Aries for Taurus. Mercury really slows down in Taurus. In this sign, he takes a lot of time to think over things, and even more time to speak. That old saying, "Don't speak unless you can improve upon the silence,” applies here. Mercury meets Uranus here on May 8th. When the sun met Uranus in Taurus just a couple of weeks before this, we celebrated Earth Day, had conversations about the urgency of climate change, and discussed the radical proposal that the U.S. government address income inequality partly by forgiving student loan debt and providing debt-free higher education. Expect these topics to be relevant through 2026, and expect a spike in conversation every time there is a major aspect like a conjunction involving Uranus. Throughout May, we’ll be discussing the sensible, radical innovations we can make around Taurean themes of money, earth, pleasure, sex, food, possessions, and value.
Venus trine Jupiter on May 9th is a fun aspect that somewhat augments the Venus-Pluto square happening on the same day. A fire trine (unlike a cardinal square) is an invitation to adventure, passion, and joy. Assert independence and refuse to engage in Plutonian manipulation. From May 11th through the 31st, we have a series of earthy trines from planets in Taurus to planets in Capricorn. Following the tension of the cardinal squares in the first third of May, this is the opportunity to change the systems that were cramping your style. With a trine, there is always the possibility of taking the easy route or ignoring the possibility, so how you use it is up to you. If you take what is offered, then you can use your creativity to sculpt some of the realities you want to see in the world. Earth trines are excellent supportive aspects for real, practical, embodied action.
At the same time, aiding us in our practical endeavors, we have a series of sextiles from planets in Taurus to the north node in Cancer, starting with sun sextile north node on May 11th, then Mercury sextile the north node on the 16th, and Venus sextile the north node on the 31st. That north node points the wise way forward. It is a council of wise elders convening; the matriarchs speaking up to remind us what we care about. When personal planets make contact with the north node from the sign of Taurus this month, it’s a call to create and nurture what you care about in a very real, practical, embodied way. Mama Bear what matters to you.
Venus in Aries sextiles Mars in Gemini on May 14th, signaling a fun last fling before she moves into her home sign of Taurus on the 15th. Venus in Taurus loves natural beauty and physicality. She’s sensual in this sign, but she also values dependability and stability more than anything else. It’s not just about stopping to smell the roses while she’s here – it’s about growing a rose garden that she can sit in to smell the roses all. day. every. day. Venus meets Uranus on May 18th, so we have another little spike in the conversation I mentioned above, about those radical, sensible innovations of Taurean themes.
On the 15th, Mars leaves Gemini for Cancer. Cancer is the sign of Mars’ fall, which means that he has difficulty expressing himself in his naturally assertive/aggressive way here. Mars in Cancer usually doesn’t want to fight, which can lead to passive-aggressive behavior instead of assertive action if we’re not self-aware. But a planet in fall is not always terrible—Mars in Cancer can be peaceful, and uses his drive best to protect others. This ingress represents the very tip of the Cancer-Capricorn season that’s going to hit hard in July’s eclipse-season, so pay attention to what comes up for you mid-May.
Our full moon is at 27.38 Scorpio on May 18th. The moon opposes Mercury in Taurus, making this a balancing act for the head and the heart. Scorpio is Mars-driven and passionate, constantly engaged in a process of transformation, while Taurus is all about creating beautiful, unchanging surroundings. Your heart may want to burn it all down and start over, throwing yourself into the next phase, but your head may be telling you to hold on to what you have. If you can listen to both, this is a dynamic full moon for magic, celebration, and creation.
On the 20th, Saturn meets the south node in Capricorn. We will need to deal with the shadow-side of tradition, which is something we’ll be doing a lot over the next couple of years, and especially in July. Which traditions must be protected, and which ones need to evolve? What’s lurking in the shadows of our traditions? On the 22nd, Mars in Cancer sextile Uranus reminds us that sometimes protecting what we care about requires us to make changes.
The sun moves into Gemini on the 21st with Mercury, who rules this sign. While Mercury in Taurus is more of the strong, silent type, Mercury in Gemini is a total Chatty Cathy. Mercury here loves smart conversation (sometimes including juicy gossip), jokes, wordplay, and reading anything and everything. Mercury echoes some of the aspects that Mars will have recently made in Gemini, squaring Neptune on the 29th and opposing Jupiter on the 30th. Mercury square Neptune is an aspect that could be parlayed into fantastic, imaginative uses of language or signify outright deception. Mercury opposite Jupiter, with both of these planets in the signs they rule, is all about the healthy tension between belief and questioning, Truth with a capital T and multiple perspectives, philosophical knowledge and trivia.
And still we see our aforementioned earthy trines and earth-water sextiles continue to play out at the end of this month. There is a very strong, stable theme running through May that is about protecting what you care about, and taking practical steps to give your imaginary creations real form. Embody your values. Bring the imaginal into the material. Enjoy the beauty that life has to offer right here, right now.