May’s forecast is foreshadowing yet another crazy summer of eclipses, retrogrades, and more! The beginning of may starts out light and playful, with the energies of Taurus, Gemini, and a smidge of Cancer. Pluto Retrograde is already in effect when may begins as well! As the month goes on, the energy goes from the stable, plodding Taurus to the frisky, curious Gemini. Towards the end of the month, expect chaotic energy with a few new retrogrades and the Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse!
On May 3, Mercury moves into its domicile in Gemini. Mercury loves being in Gemini, as this is one of Mercury’s ruling signs! Now in Gemini, Mercury’s mental agility changes its pace. While in Taurus, the pace was slow, relaxed, and plodding. In the quick flitting air sign, Mercury is brisk. The mind jumps from topic to topic in a nimble yet aimless manner. Mercury in Gemini has a short attention span, so the goal is to keep this Mercurial transit interested. The topic must be striking in nature, something that can evolve with research and conversation. Ideally, Mercury in Gemini can keep forging forward with the same topic as long as it can develop further. If not, Mercury in Gemini moves onto the next best thing. The same goes for conversation. Dashingly bright, Mercury in Gemini sparks the conversation that piques interest. It is inquisitive, curious, witty, and somewhat contentious. Mercury in Gemini aims to be both student and teacher. There should be an equal give and take in conversation, one that teaches and is taught in return. Under this transit, expect to have wonderful lightbulb moments, humorous banter, and lighthearted prying.
Shortly after, Venus leaves its domicile in Taurus for Gemini. While in Taurus, Venus was in its comfort zone as Taurus feels like a security blanket to Venus. Now in Gemini, Venus is flying high! When it comes to finances, Venus in Gemini may be somewhat indecisive yet inclined to spend all the same. Venus in Gemini is willing to invest in something curious yet unusual. For Venus in Gemini to break the budget, the point of interest must hold Venus’s quick-paced attention. If somewhat intriguing, Venus in Gemini won’t give spending money a second thought. The catch is that this Venus sign is somewhat a collector of knick-knacks and odd items, the usual relics of past interests and hobbies. So, clutter may pile up during this time in the form of many disinterested objects that were once part of a beguiling hobby. Under this transit, one may also find a financial opportunity may arise in conversation. So, this transit may be particularly beneficial for those who work in sales-related or commission-based jobs. Venus in Gemini’s financial mindset is somewhat similar to its romantic mindset. Like finances, Venus in Gemini will invest in someone interesting when it comes to dating. This is the Venus sign who always has a date, but never a long-term partner. Flitting from prospective partner to partner, Venus in Gemini is quite the flirt! Coy and frisky, this is the Venus sign who prefers to play the game. So, under this transit, singles may find it to be a fantastic time to explore all romantic options as opposed to being committed. Couples may enjoy exploring an open relationship or new hobbies to go all in together under Venus in Gemini.
On May 11, there will be a New Moon in Taurus. New Moons mark the beginning of a new cycle or chapter, typically one lasting around six months. The New Moon is an ideal time to set intentions, manifestations, goals, and even boundaries. It is the time to plant new seeds to tend to with the hope of cultivating something new over the course of the next six months. The New Moon in Taurus is amicable, graceful, and stable. Its energy is relaxed, one that is meant to be enjoyed. The New Moon in Taurus is a fantastic time to manifest Taurus-related or 2nd House-related goals! If manifesting with Taurus energy in mind, keep your manifestations productive, reliable, and realistic. It may have to do with pleasure, enjoyment, and security. If manifesting with 2nd House ideals in mind, these may revolve around gaining financial security, stabilizing a personal budget, making more money, and even working towards owning some sort of property. Aside from this, the New Moon in Taurus is asking what matters most. The idea behind this New Moon is to find value and worth. What manifestations bring in a sense of self-worth? What goals are substantial in value? Will the pay-off be worth the long-term investment? Think about these questions when setting manifestations to be worked on throughout this lunar cycle!
These Rising signs should intend to grow and cultivate new habits in these Houses;
- Aries Rising: 2nd House of Personal Financial and Material Security
- Taurus Rising: 1st House of the Self
- Gemini Rising: 12th House of Self-Undoing & Hidden Talents/Weaknesses
- Cancer Rising: 11th House of Greater Community, Friendships, and Dreams
- Leo Rising: 10th House of Career, Legacy, and Public Status
- Virgo Rising: 9th House of Travel, Spirituality, and Education
- Libra Rising: 8th House of Self-Mastery, Merged Assets, and Occult
- Scorpio Rising: 7th House of Commitments, Contracts, and Partnerships
- Sagittarius Rising: 6th House of Work, Routine, and Health
- Capricorn Rising: 5th House of Joy, Dating, and Pregnancy
- Aquarius Rising: 4th House of Home and Family
- Pisces Rising: 3rd House of Local Community, Neighborhood, Communication, and Siblings
Two days later, Jupiter enters its domicile in Pisces. Jupiter briefly leaves Aquarius for its home in Pisces this year, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come up in review towards the end of the year in December. Now in Pisces, Jupiter’s benevolence is one of all-encompassing love, dissolution, and spirituality. Jupiter in Pisces expands the heart of the collective. It is a transit that speaks of a spiritual awakening. Given that it comes after Jupiter in Aquarius, this spiritual awakening may be more noticeable on social media and through technology, as this will be the easiest way for the collective to connect with one another. Jupiter in Pisces is the epitome of boundlessness. Its energy is empathetic, all-encompassing, yet gentle. Jupiter in Pisces is a soft tidal wave of spiritual enlightenment. It has the ability to connect on a deeper level where one’s heart can transcend time and space. Aside from the everlasting beauty of Jupiter in Pisces, keep in mind that this transit can bring out the false gurus in society as well. Since it follows Jupiter in Aquarius, there may be more communes, cult-like groups, and a strong “hippie” movement that flows easily under Jupiter in Pisces. The boundary between reality and fantasy seemingly dissolves when Jupiter enters Pisces. Remember to keep your head above water!
Then on May 20, the Sun enters Gemini to kick off Gemini Season! There isn’t a notable dignity or debility associated with the transit. Gemini Season is fun! It’s intellectually inclined, one that sparks curiosity wherever one goes. The energy is somewhat restless, with an incentive to keep moving forward no matter where the path leads! Gemini Season is a fantastic time to get involved in the local community, immediate friend groups, in touch with siblings, and interested in new subjects. It’s a time to pick up a new hobby just for the hell of it, or to strike up an amusing conversation whenever, wherever.
Just days later, Saturn stations Retrograde in Aquarius on May 23. Saturn Retrograde is all about rethinking, reviewing, and revising. On its own, Saturn Rx is typically a time to reflect on accountability, responsibility, karmic lessons, and stepping up to the plate. Since this is in the sign of Aquarius, there will be a heavy focus on technology, the collective, the greater community, friends, social groups, research, and even science. During Saturn Rx, there will be a massive re-focusing on what community means to the collective. Consider this time, with all of its widespread responses to collective events; a make it or break it for the collective. An example would be the COVID-19 vaccine and travel restrictions thanks to the vaccine. The vaccine may come up more heavily for review during the Saturn Rx period, particularly with feedback on how society is adjusting to all aspects of the vaccines. It may have to do with the implementation of getting vaccinated, the general responses from both the pro-vaccine and anti-vaxxers, and the vaccine’s continued effect on social implications. It may be a time where more information about the lasting effect of all vaccines comes into consideration as well. Essentially, more feedback on the vaccine’s impact may be publicly known around this time. On a domestic level, I would think that the George Floyd case will greatly challenge, and hopefully change, aspects of the USA’s community, collective mental capacity, and communication style (especially since Saturn is retrograding in the USA’s 3rd House). There may be a greater call to revise how the collective connects and disperses information as well. So, this may be a time where there are heightened social media restrictions. Another potential theme may be revised restrictions on cryptocurrency as well. Since Saturn is a larger planet on the outer edge of the solar system, its retrograde period will last until October 11, meaning that there is more than enough time for the collective to adjust its responses accordingly.
To rev up the cosmic energy, there will also be a Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 26. Full Moons typically mark the end of a cycle, a completed chapter, or finalization. Full Moons can only coincide with lunar eclipses. In particular, this lunar cycle ends in a total lunar eclipse, which means that the Sun, Moon, and Earth are all perfectly aligned with one another. As if it can’t get any more dramatic, this is also a Super Moon, which means that the Moon appears larger since it’s closer to the Earth and it’s a Blood Moon, which will give the Moon a reddish-orange tinge! Talk about crazy! So, how does all of this energy play out in the lunar cycle! Considering that eclipses tend to rev up the energy, consider this to be the rapid ending or finalization. This super-charged Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse is rapidly slamming doors shut for good, asking for the final call, and making important nail-in-the-coffin decisions. As this is occurring in Sagittarius, the vibe is boundless, filled with wanderlust and excitement. So, the general theme of the Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse may center around Sagittarius themes of morals, code of ethics, law, justice, expansion, abundance, education, and travel. From a collective perspective, this Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse may mark the ending of educational and travel standards as we used to know them. It may also revolve heavily around public policies, political standings, and seeking justice.
These Rising signs should consider closing a chapter in these Houses;
- Aries Rising: 9th House of Education, Morals, Beliefs, Spirituality, and Travel
- Taurus Rising: 8th House of Merged Bonds, Sexuality, Occult, Taboo, Joint Investments
- Gemini Rising: 7th House of Commitments and Contracts
- Cancer Rising: 6th House of Work, Routine, and Health
- Leo Rising: 5th House of Dating, Pregnancy/Children, Self-Expression, and Hobbies
- Virgo Rising: 4th House of Home, Family, Parenting, and the Relationship with the Mother
- Libra Rising: 3rd House of Siblings, Neighborhood, Local Community, and Conversation
- Scorpio Rising: 2nd House of Personal Security, Personal Property, Values, and Finances
- Sagittarius Rising: 1st House of the Self
- Capricorn Rising: 12th House of Self-Undoing, Talents, Weaknesses, and Enemies
- Aquarius Rising: 11th House of Greater Community, Friends, Social Groups, and Dreams
- Pisces Rising: 10th House of Career, Legacy, Recognition, and Public Status
Finally, May ends in another retrograde! Mercury will station Retrograde in Gemini on May 29. Mercury Retrograde is a time to rethink, review, revise Mercurial ideas and aspects. It’s typically a time hailed as one of the most dreaded astrological periods, usually hyped up by trendy astrologers and social media. If anything, it’s a time where communication flaws, unresolved plans, and lack of structure are pointed out. Mercury Retrograde can be a fantastic time to revise communication styles, learning styles, and planning. It may be done through trial and error, such as a word misspoken or misplaced plans. As this is occurring in its domicile, Gemini, the effect of the Rx period may be lessened. The general themes of miscommunication and poor planning will persist but may lack egregious errors. Keep in mind that Mercury Retrograde is not a time to commit, finalize, or decide on pretty much anything important. Major contracts, agreements, and relationships may become skewed during this time, so it would be wise to wait until the post-shadow period to at least review the potential commitment once again!
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- May 3: Mercury enters Gemini
- May 8: Venus enters Gemini
- May 11: New Moon in Taurus
- May 13: Jupiter enters Pisces
- May 20: Sun enters Gemini
- May 23: Saturn stations Retrograde in Aquarius
- May 26: Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius
- May 29: Mercury stations Retrograde in Gemini