This May, Get Ready for an Astrological Bloom
If April showers bring May flowers, get ready for an astrological bloom. After the flurry of activity that the cosmos has delivered since the start of the year, May presents us with an opportunity to rest, breathe, and reap the benefits of the work we’ve done so. far. The planets are aligning to give you space to slow down and smell the flowers—perfect for earthy Taurus season—and redefining your sense of self-care will be important this month, especially ahead of social Gemini’s reign.
At the end of last month, Pluto went retrograde, where it will remain until October. In general, retrogrades are a time when big transformations occur internally, and this is no exception. During this retrograde, Pluto is conjunct Saturn, bringing all things work- and routine-related into focus. Insecurities or fears surrounding your career could bubble up during this time, challenging you to evaluate your resources and confidence. Pluto is known for being daring, dark, and on a mission to find the truth. Prepare for the unexpected during this time, as Pluto will likely be shining a light on some surprises you may have preferred to keep in the dark. Pluto is also associated with sex and desire, so it may well be time to tackle issues around that area of your life.
The new moon on May 4 is poised to be deeply restorative. New moons teach us the value of going within and embracing the darkness. In the sign of Taurus, staying home and finding joy in simple luxuries is the right move. If you’re feeling drained, experiment with your senses. What kinds of smells, tastes, or tactile feelings are you responding to right now? The answers could be an important key to what your body needs this next month.
Be prepared to slow down on May 6, when Mercury enters Taurus. The sign of the bull is steadfast and stable—it doesn’t rush things. You might find delays in projects or accomplishing goals, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Rather, consider this an invitation to really give things the time they deserve. Do be prepared to find yourself in some conversational stalemates as Taurus’ influence on the planet of communication will have people feeling stubborn. Take your time—and a deep breath—and you’ll pull through.
Creature comforts take center stage as Venus enters Taurus (the sign which it rules) on May 15. While Venus is deeply associated with love and romance, it also determines our sense of beauty. Sensual Taurus inspires us to seek beauty, treat ourselves, and focus on quality. This is a good time to rethink your sense of spending. Think about what really matters to you, and thus deserves your investment.
Be careful of emotions running high when Mars enters Cancer (also on May 15). This placement encourages passive-aggressive tendencies, so watch what you say and how you say it. Remember, it’s important to ask for what you need—just do it with compassion and respect.
The full moon in Scorpio on May 18 is a powerful time to work on your shadow self. What scares you? During Uranus retrograde, it’s common for childhood patterns or wounds to come to the surface. This moon is a good time to work on some deep healing.
May 21 Gemini season begins, bringing a renewed sense of joviality and fun. After the recuperation time that occurred at the top of the month, the influx of social activity will feel like a breath of fresh air. Gemini season inspires us to share—who we are, what we know, and what we’ve learned.
May 29 Mercury in Gemini square to Neptune in Pisces—a powerhouse conjunction. You may experience a tension between wanting to connect and feeling oversensitive. You might be too giving of your time, so remember to protect your energy and respect your own boundaries.
May 30 finds Mercury in Gemini opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius, while Venus in Taurus trines Saturn in Capricorn. Conversations today will be bold and worldly—get ready for some philosophical debates! This is also a good day to set a budget or get your finances in order. A trip or adventure you’ve been thinking about could be a great inspiration to start saving.
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