The beginning of the month of May might feel like it is off to a slow and possibly chaotic start. That is because we are in the middle of eclipse season and Mercury retrograde. This is a keen time to pay attention to the themes of change that are currently happening in your life. Mercury is the planet of our ideas, thoughts, communication, and technology. During a Mercury retrograde, Mercury appears to be moving backward in the sky from the perspective of Earth. For the three weeks that Mercury appears to be moving backward (April 21-May 14), it will be in the Venus ruled, earth sign of Taurus. Going back and reviewing something you are working on, tying up loose ends, and creating a plan for when Mercury stations direct, are some activities that would be conducive for the first half of May. Slow down and enjoy the island when you can, and enliven your senses with the beauty of the natural world. Try not to get frustrated if things aren’t moving as quickly as you would like. This is a wonderful time to give yourself permission to slow down and reflect.
On Friday May 5th, the Moon will oppose the Sun in the sign of Scorpio to form a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. During the Full Moon in Scorpio, emotions can intensify. That is because Scorpio is a water sign where emotions run deep, and also because Mars, the ruler of the eclipse, will be in the sensitive, watery sign of Cancer. This is a good opportunity to take some time to sit with your feelings. Examine what is and is not in alignment with where you are right now and where you want to go. Rather than letting the emotional waters take you down, use the energy to passionately probe the shadows. There is an old story that is illuminated and is ready to be let go. By identifying ways that we self sabotage ourselves, we can find a stronger sense of healthy self-empowerment. If the energy feels emotionally intense, know that ultimately what breaks you down can build you up, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. The good news is that this is the final Scorpio Eclipse in a series that began around a year and a half ago. This eclipse may be visible from some areas on the island with a clear view to the west in the early morning around 5:15 AM. Because it is a Penumbral Eclipse, the Earth’s main shadow does not cover the Moon, and it can be a bit hard to see as the shadowed part is only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon.
While the first two weeks of the month could quite possibly feel confusing and slower paced than usual, things will begin to head in a clearer, more focused direction later in the month. On May 16th, Jupiter moves into the Venus ruled earth sign of Taurus. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion and prefers a steady type of sustainable growth in the earth sign of Taurus. Jupiter will be in Taurus for the next year, and planting seeds for steady long term growth would be a beneficial thing to do on the New Moon in Taurus on May 19th. Security loving Taurus loves routine and predictability as well as activities that appeal to the senses. Keep that in mind when setting intentions, and make a realistic plan that you can be consistent with.
Sun/Rising Sign Horoscopes
Most accurate using your Rising Sign. Use your Sun sign if you don’t know your Rising Sign.
ARIES (MARCH 21- APRIL 19)
You may be feeling a shift happening within your inner landscape. Take a look at your resources including your finances and self worth. Review your obligations and dependency on others to make sure there is a healthy balance.
TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20)
With Jupiter moving into Taurus, it is a fertile time for personal breakthroughs and individual growth. Are your primary relationships mirroring your personal evolution?
GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 20)
Take some time to tend to your inner landscape. Explore what dwells under the surface of your emotions to better align with what you are doing out in the world.
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22)
Life is busy and sometimes we lose touch with friends that mean a lot to us. Although it’s easy to get stuck in your shell sometimes, reach out and check in with friends that support you and light you up.
LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22)
Major progress and or change has been building in your place of work. Take the time now to tie up loose ends and organize so that you can continue growing in a sustainable way.
VIRGO (AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22)
Your outlook on the world has gone through much change in the last year. Focus your energy on learning, education and potentially travel to contribute to your new world view.
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22)
Take some time to review your shared resources and obligations with others. By going over the details you can feel more grounded and primed for steady growth.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21)
Relationships are in the spotlight right now. Make an effort to connect and tend to your shared garden.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21)
Review your health and work routine and identify what is working and what needs improvement. If you decide to incorporate something new, make it realistic and something you can stick to.
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19)
You have full permission to schedule things that bring you joy this month. This could include romance, creative self expression and spending time with children.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18)
Things need tending to at home and now is the time to do it. Clear the clutter, organize or tackle that project that has been hanging over your head. This could also include reviewing your responsibilities to family.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 18 – MARCH 20)
There is change occurring in your inner landscape that may feel challenging but will eventually be for the best. Investing in yourself is a wise idea. Look for opportunities to boost your personal growth.