Astrology for May by Matilda Mercury
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Theme:Environment, values and security
With the planet Uranus moving into the sign of Taurus in mid-May the environment and ones values and sense of security will be under review for the next 7 years. There will be many groups at work to protect and heal the earth in the face of staunch opposition. Personal notions of security are linked to the greater whole, including earth at this time.
Aries The planet Uranus moves out of Aries mid- May bringing the end to a seven year cycle of dynamic change and sometimes disruption in your life. Certainly, you are very different from 7 years ago. However a new four year-cycle is beginning with the asteroid Chiron moving through your sign. This is an opportunity for letting go the past and healing old wounds in order to become whole. Deepening compassion for oneself and others is the key. Creating a balance between work and what home can offer health-wise (including spiritual health) will be important.
Taurus Uranus the planet of change, revolution and sometimes disruption moves into Taurus for the next seven years. Depending on where your Sun is located you will experience a lot of change for part of that time. It may be that you have to let go of plans and learn to be flexible. It is also an opportunity transform yourself. This month there is a lot of focus on communications in all forms, and you will have more disciplined communications this month, including writing. Your vocational and future career is also particularly highlighted.
Gemini Happy Birthday Geminians! The Sun moves into your sign in the last week of May. Josephine Baker, singer, civil rights activist and dancer signifies the multi-dimensional nature of this sign. With Neptune in challenge to your Sun at this time you may feel less clear about directions and seeing others clearly. Your energy levels may also be lower. Be patient with yourself and hold off on decision making until June. There will increasing opportunities to communicate your creative vision.
Cancer There are lots of external circumstances impacting your home life– which is hard to address when you’re not in your control. These circumstances include career restructuring and working within the confines of other external constraints. Patience is called for. The second half of the month is easier to navigate as relationships with co-workers and others improve. Your insight and wisdom increase. There is also less unpredictability in encounters with others.
Leo The roar is in your court this month! Take the opportunity to steer firmly in the direction you wish to go as you are in the driver’s seat. You will feel more aligned with your outer and inner self-expression. You will be more inclined to take action. Mid-month there is the opportunity to meet with a helpful acquaintance or friend. This month it’s important to self-nourish as much as you seek to nourish others.
Virgo Neptune is half-way through Pisces meaning it’s half-way through being opposite the sign of Virgo where your Sun is. There is another 7 years to go! What does this mean? It will have various impacts depending on the placement of your Sun. Some key themes are dealing with circumstances which force you to let go and make sacrifices. It can also be a time of confusion and anxiety as your ego struggles with the boundless, dissolving nature of this transit. It’s a great opportunity to deepen in ones’ spiritual practice.
Libra You are undergoing a cycle of structural changes for the next few years which forces change upon you rather than it being change which you invite in. This means that at times you may experience a sense of struggle as you’re forced to re-structure and draw deeply on your inner resources. This month provides an opportunity to review close relationships where you experience a sense of emotional woundedness, along with a sense of how to heal yourself through compassion. Beneficial friendships are very important at this time.
Scorpio Jupiter continues to bring a sense of expansiveness and good fortune for Scorpios. The 21st of May is a particularly beneficial day for many Scorpios. One aspect of a Jupiter transit is that sometimes you can feel that you have too much going on at the one time, leading to an over-abundance – or too much of a good thing! Prioritizing comes in handy. There may be more career opportunities later in the month. Communications of all forms are highlighted.
Sagittarius It’s a month to experience the generosity of others, and explore how you be generous also. You may get more of a sense of direction and forward movement particularly after the 14th this month. Wise friendships bring benefit in the first half of the month. With the Sun moving into Gemini in the second half of the month you will also experience more illumination around situations you are experiencing within yourself and in the outside world.
Capricorn With Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn for the long haul it continues to be a period of re-structuring and deep change. Power struggles can arise so it’s a good time to pick your battles. Not all battles are worth the effort. Try a cost-benefit analysis to work that out! In the last week of May the Moon moves into Capricorn offering emotional insights into situations that have at times proved challenging. Ensuring you have a nourishing space to rejuvenate, whatever that looks like, is important.
Aquarius With Mars moving into Aquarius this month there is more opportunity for dealing with your own reactivity. Sometimes it will be a challenge! Hit the pause button as much as you like. Sometimes waiting the moment out can be more beneficial in the long-term, and give you a more spacious view about how to handle a situation. Patience will bring long-term rewards. You will have more energy to achieve your goals this month.
Pisces Neptune is half-way through Pisces meaning its half-way through the sign of Pisces. There are 7 years to go! What does this mean? It will have had various impacts depending on the placement of your Sun. But some of the themes are dealing with dissolving boundaries of the self and deepening spiritually. This may entail having to let go and make sacrifices. It can also be a time of confusion and anxiety as your ego battles to keep boundaries unlike the dissolving nature of this planet which is more about merging with the cosmos! It can mean dealing with addictions and transforming these habits into spiritual self-care.