The sweetness of spring comes into full bloom under the reign of earthy Taurus this month. It’s time to get in touch with your body and enjoy some physical, sexual and culinary delights. Basking in the loveliness of nature through outdoor activities can bring delight. The perseverance of Taurus can give you extra will power to improve your diet and exercise routine too.
But undoubtedly the most powerful influence that begins this month is Uranus transiting out of its seven-year home in Pisces and into fiery Aries, where it will reside for the better part of eight years (except for a jaunt back into Pisces from mid-August 2010 through mid-March 2011). Uranus is the planet of upheaval that brings us to enlightenment after all the junk that keeps us stuck (and unaware) has been torpedoed into oblivion. Uranus’s move into Aries redirects this energy of change, which is sure to shake things up, to put it mildly. People with early placements in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be the first to experience the seismic shifts of this influence.
Back to the mundane, as Taurus is all about practicalities. The Sun and Mercury in Taurus can inspire you to make a plan for the future and stick with it. Creating a savings plan is also favored.
Romance, however, is anything but practical. Venus in airy Gemini through the 18th offers a lighthearted energy that makes it easier to verbalize your feelings, usually with a touch of flirtatiousness. What’s more, Mars in lusty Leo can prompt you to express the depth and breadth of your passion, in the most dramatic way possible. Ooh-la-la!
Love has a more sensitive vibe after Venus enters Cancer on the 19th, which favors cozy dates with your sweetie, family get-togethers and beautifying your home.
Then brainpower takes over after the Sun transits into Gemini on the 20th. It can inspire you to enhance your intellect by delving into new interests. Expressing and promoting your ideas can bring opportunities.
The New Moon in Taurus on the 13th can boost your earning power by helping you create new ways to make money. It can also give you the patience and perseverance to keep your goals on track.
The Full Moon in Sagittarius on the 27th fires up the urge to widen your horizons. You might decide to venture out into new territory by taking a trip, expand your intellect by taking a class or deepen your spiritual life by exploring your beliefs.
Planets in Motion
Good news for those of us who have experienced communication hiccups during the past three weeks — retrograde Mercury turns direct on the 11th, which will help keep misunderstandings and computer glitches to a minimum.
If you were having a tough time getting your plans and projects off the ground since the beginning of the year, Saturn turning direct on the 30th will help you surmount outer obstacles and self-limitation so you can get back in the game.
On the other hand, Neptune turning retrograde on the 31st (through November 6) is a time of turning inward to realign your aspirations with your soul’s purpose. It’s also time to face any fears that have been holding you back. Neptune especially favors meditation, therapy and dream analysis as a means to enhance your inner clarity.
May 3: Mercury trine Pluto favors in-depth conversations and discussions of practical matters, especially for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
May 4: Sun square Mars heightens courageousness (and rash behavior), especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
May 11: Mercury turning direct helps get communications and agreements back on track.
May 13: New Moon in Taurus brings a new cycle of energy to practical, physical and environmental endeavors.
May 17: Venus square Jupiter can cause overindulgence in all things pleasurable, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
May 18: Venus square Saturn can bring up relationship fears and limitations, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
May 18: Venus trine Neptune casts a dreamy spell over romance, especially for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
May 18: Sun trine Saturn energizes goal-setting and other practical endeavors, especially for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
May 19: Sun square Neptune can cause lack of focus and poor judgment, especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
May 19: Mercury trine Pluto (last seen on May 3) favors in-depth discussions and practical planning, especially for Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
May 19: Venus square Uranus heightens the chemistry and impulsiveness in relationships, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
May 19: Venus entering Cancer favors a homey rendezvous, family gatherings and home-related projects.
May 20: Sun entering Gemini energizes intellectual pursuits, communications and travel.
May 22-May 29: Jupiter opposing Saturn creates a conflict between expansion/idealism and caution/conservatism, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
May 23: Venus opposing Pluto can produce power struggles in relationships, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
May 27: Full Moon in Sagittarius energizes optimism, prophesy, travel, education and spirituality.
May 27: (eight-year cycle): Uranus transiting into Aries launches a new round of personal and global demolitions and breakthroughs.
May 30: Saturn turning direct helps goals and projects move forward.
May 31-Nov 6: Neptune turning retrograde favors getting in touch with your inner life and intuition through meditation, therapy and dream analysis.
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