Star Signs for May 2016

Posted on: 10th May, 2016

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes. email startalk@eircom.net. www.katearbon.com.

The first week of May brings the fire festival of Bealtaine and a refreshing relief from diversion, conflict and frustration experienced through April. The springtime energy is at a peak on May 5, as the Sun reaches it’s halfway point between the March Equinox and Summer Solstice in June. With four planets in practical Taurus and the Moon making strong connections with both the ‘benevolent’ planets, Venus and Jupiter, until May 11 this is the best time to make progress with important creative projects or in romantic liaisons. The New Moon on May 6 is especially potent in Taurus and has the support of Venus in her home sign. Use this as an auspicious moment to state your intent or initiate any activity, idea or relationship that you want to embark on. The big ‘feel good’ planet, Jupiter turns to start it’s direct motion once more on May 9 after being retrograde since early January and then makes a constructive connection with Venus on May 10. Work done this week on anything that you hope will give back positive returns for your time and energy invested should find you pleased to see some results now.

As the month continues you will find the best enjoyment comes from pleasures and projects that are carried out behind the scenes and out of the public view. Venus represents all the lovely things, people and experiences that we desire to include in our life but she is travelling close to the Sun now and is increasingly hard to see in the morning sky. She will stay hidden until she returns into view as the evening star in late June. Don’t expect bold declarations of love or magnificent financial rewards during this time. It will be subtle or understated but equally valid and worthwhile

When we enter the third week in May there is a change in the astrological weather that could be unsettling if you aren’t forewarned to be cautious. The Full Moon on May 21 is joined with a retrograde Mars. The few days around this time can produce heightened emotions, energy peaks or explosive outbursts. Destructive conflict is possible if the dynamics are allowed to get that far. Wait on making important decisions for a few days because your feelings and opinions are not likely to be a true indication of how things really are. Be aware that the ‘mood of the masses’ can give a false sense of reality. Be careful not to get carried along with a wave of public outrage or reaction to an emotive event. World affairs will probably not directly affect the majority of people in a personal way. If you make them into something important by getting emotionally involved your reaction can cause conflicts in your private life as a result. In particular, people who have planets or significant points in early degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces should be aware of potential flashpoints that may trigger over reaction during the two days either side of the Full Moon.

Mercury, the planet of communication and ideas, changes from being retrograde to a direct motion once more on May 22, which should help with making yourself clear and understood. If there are important topics that need discussion in your intimate relationships during this week the Venus opposition to Mars on May 24 can bring things to a head.  There may be a need for a change in your current relationship status or a redirection in the way your romantic encounters move forward. Things need to change shape. Allow or enable this or you may get into some kind of deadlock or direct conflict of wills due to opposing desires. Areas of difficulty that may have seemed to have no apparent solution can now be rearranged to better suit both people if you can allow this volatile energy to bring about new possibilities.

New Moon is at 17° Taurus on May 6 at 8:30pm. Full Moon is at 2° Sagittarius on May 21 at 10:15pm

Aries: You may receive special attention from your friends and people around you. Maybe it’s time to reassess the relationships you have with the people in your local area. Women, younger people, and your home environment may contribute somehow to improve your financial standings giving you a sense that you have backing and reserves. This is a good time to respond to new ideas and find a footing on which you can build firm a foundation. You may be gathering your resources, with the desire to act on vital ideas or impulses that you’ve experienced. Projects benefit from nurturing and growth.

Taurus: You may feel more self-centred and concerned with appearances than usual. You may appear in a good light in a group or social gathering. Friends and family unite to support you. Use that security to turn away from the outer world, focusing now on personal and inner changes. This is a good time to let go of anything that is worn out and superficial and only bring what you need into your improved personal life. New information available now sparks your imagination. Your mind and ideas may turn to questions of finance and material support. You could come up with new ideas relating to money, possessions, values, and potential investments.

Gemini: Understanding and generosity may be forthcoming from friends or family. Your own efforts to be helpful and give freely of yourself are well rewarded. Put up with minor inconveniences and irritations for the sake of what is really important in your life. Sacrifices made now will be more than repaid by an increased ability on your part to bring things to life and make dreams real. You could find yourself in an understanding mood, able to appreciate and value the humility and sublimation that goes into any effort with goals, which reach beyond the personal. You may generally feel more inclusive and want to create a harmonious environment by dissolving outworn defences.

Cancer: Community concerns and altruism in general, may get an added boost during this time. People around you unite to make long-term goals and ideals seem more possible. This is a good time for resolutions and attempting to put into practice your heartfelt desires. You may feel moved to cooperate and work together with others on community and longterm projects. You want to make your dreams a reality. Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. Superficial possessions may no longer interest you. Instead, things of lasting value appeal.

Leo: There is a lot of support for you to make job-related and practical decisions. Your ambitions could receive encouragement from friends, co-workers, and those around you. This is a time when your practical vision may be at a high. You can see what needs to be done and just how to go about doing it. Long term goals and projects may benefit from the increased clarity you possess. You become aware that a little self-sacrifice and an understanding attitude on your part could have far-reaching effects on your own life-path and general direction during this time period. A little long-suffering and restraint now could really pay off later.

Virgo: This is a time to concentrate on essentials and to focus on the essence of your situation. ‘Take care of business’ is the key to present moves. A good time for deep thinking, take a turn toward more lasting values. Right now, you can expect encouragement regarding all things candid and honest. A lack of superficiality finds you straight to the point, interested in the truth of things. Perhaps a rekindling of personal philosophical and religious thoughts is required also. The foundations of belief you lay down now are there to be built on in the future.

Libra: Now is a time for getting down to business, stripping away and discarding non-essentials or even memories of things past. The situation you are in manages to support some mental or physical housecleaning on your part. You can now separate the wheat from the chaff, concentrating on important things. You are unsentimental about all of this. There is no place in your life for outworn or flimsy goods, ideas or relationships. Innovations, new and possibly unconventional approaches to being productive or making money are all in order. Your response to life becomes more original and innovative.

Scorpio: Perhaps this is a very social time, during which you receive all kinds of support from those around you. You may neglect individual concerns in favour of group or social affairs. Relationships are nourished and very much in focus. This is a time for turning away from your personal experiences by responding in a more spiritual and socially minded manner. You can handle your own past, and you want to share, especially by directly relating to others either intimately or through a joint project. You are able to love and care for both yourself and others.

Sagittarius: Efforts on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition show some results now. You are encouraged to attend to nagging details just to get them out of the way. This is a time of discrimination and possible self-examination. You are sorting through the experiences of the last several months, separating the worthwhile from the worthless and, in general, salvaging what you can. An inner drive may find you out and about, feeling like getting together and enjoying the social scene. You may be urged to adopt a more open or impersonal attitude toward yourself or others. Expect important relationships to take up more of your attention now.

Capricorn: The trend for you is to be more creative and expressive. Others may urge you on toward a more self-confident and outgoing attitude. You get a sense of having lived and experienced something important through these last months. Perhaps there is a dawning awareness of who you are and what you have of value. Together with a growing sense of self-discovery you may find yourself very appreciative of your more imaginative qualities. You enjoy expression from the heart and real life dramas. Children, animals and physical expression may appeal. Soon your mind will turn towards matters of health as you take stock of your physical condition.

Aquarius: The focus is on your home and private life, which could be very rewarding now. Your feelings and sense of security may find you seeking seclusion for a time or losing yourself in past memories. This marks the end of a phase of questioning. Now you can get a sense of where you stand, secure your position, feel whatever limits there are, and move forward. You have a base to build upon. You’ve sent down roots. This could be a creative time for you, in particular regarding ideas, concepts, and expressing or communicating yourself. You can put your experience and feelings into words and may be at your most witty and dramatic.

Pisces: Your ideas, words and ability to communicate works well and you find needed support or backing from those around you. Your ideas and thoughts may be very deep and rich and memories are especially vivid. You are exploring and searching now, linking things together, following up connections, seeing where the ends meet, until finally you find the limits to the sense of connection with others. You may come full circle and once again have a feeling of being on your own but you are clearer about the supports you have. Next, begin to consider what aspects of your past you would like to put behind you.

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