Your confidence is being challenged this month, not in a way that is about rattling your nerves, but in a way that is seeing the universe shaking you by the shoulders, getting you to wake up to how brilliant and special you are. This is likely to see you in situations that scare you or require nerves of skill, bringing you to a point where you can either bail out or push through, finding out how much nerve you actually have. This is likely to be felt across all the currencies in your life, but especially on the income front or in situations where it's about getting your fair share and what you deserve. By the time a solar eclipse in your income sector on the 10th May opens the door to new opportunities and potential you need to have pushed your way to the front of the queue, lined up in front of the right doors before they open. Apart from a lot of focus on income and financial matters this month, this is an important month for communications, where many of the issues or even ideas that have been building behind the scenes finally find their voice. Over the course of the month expect your mind to become sharper, your communications more authentic and articulate and to find it easier to make choices, decisions and plans, to a point where your excuses will be challenged. It's towards the end of the month that you'll start to find that hiding behind old excuses no longer works.
May is always your month, for with the Sun spending the first 3 weeks of May in Taurus each year, this is the start of your new solar year and a chance to make a new commitment to the future and the road ahead. Whether you are an April or a May born Taurus, in the lead up to a solar eclipse in your sign on the 10th May this is when you need to be ready to draw a new line in the sand, ready to make a commitment to the future and the journey ahead. This will represent a line in the sand for another reason, for up until then you may have a bumpy ride, with some personal and/or relationship tensions that came to a head late last month following you into the new month. Yet despite how it feels this is pressure to raise that bar and to maximise all the untapped potential waiting for you. With the Sun not leaving your sign until the 21st May and Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos not leaving until the 31st May, this provides the right mix of pressure and motivation. It's Venus' early departure from your sign on the 10th May that begins a shift in focus towards income matters, triggering some of the most auspicious income weeks of the year. For it is then that Venus will team up with lucky Jupiter, who has been working behind the scenes since mid 2012, with conditions only getting better over the coming weeks and months. However, a lunar eclipse in your financial sector on the 25th May will ask that you take care of any financial housekeeping.
While you will have to wait until the 21st May for the Sun to return to your sign and until the 31st May for Mars to return, with Venus returning on the 10th May and Mercury on the 16th May new doors will be opening sooner than you think. In the early days of the month you may still be struggling with a mix of work tension or life's demands in general, conflicting with the need for time out to hear yourself think that is always here in the final weeks of a solar year. With so many planets returning to your sign this month and all needing to close old doors first, it requires a lot of navel gazing and time to reflect and process where you've been. Any tension in the early days of the month comes from the fact that for the first time in 28 years they've returned to find Saturn in opposition over in your work sector, reminding you that life needs to go on regardless. The last actual opposition is between Mercury and Saturn on the 6th/7th May and by the time Venus leaves and returns to your sign on the 10th May, any pressure will begin easing back. It's Venus' return to your sign on the 10th May, Mercury's on the 16th May, the Sun's on the 21st May and Mars' on the 31st May that opens the door and sets the scene for an empowered start to your new solar year. If you can judge a year by how it begins then the year ahead is likely to be something special, with lucky Jupiter waiting for the faster planets to return so he can start bringing things home.
Mercury's departure from your career sector on the 2nd May brings a push to get your new professional year and your professional game in general on the right track to an end and while things will never go completely off the boil, especially not with a lunar eclipse in your work sector on the 25th May, you can expect life to start balancing out. As well as having to juggle your professional and personal lives over recent months you've also had to juggle the needs of others, something you're still likely to be getting a hang of in the early days of the month. Yet where it seems that everyone suddenly wants and needs your time and attention and you're starting to get frustrated that there's no time for you and the things you want, it's less that anything has changed and more that you're waking up to the fact that you have needs that now refuse to be silenced. This is a balancing act that you may struggle with all month, but it should become easier as the month progresses, especially if you work to ensure the communication lines are open. What you will find as the month progresses is a greater need for alone time, with what is always the most socially active time of the year starting to lose its shine as the month progresses. You'll be craving more and more alone time, when you can put out the 'do not disturb' sign, rest, recuperate and just chill out. It may feel like you're losing your motivation but it's more that this comes from a need to start pulling back ahead of the major new doors due to open next month.
With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your career sector this is always a professionally charged and focused month and especially with Venus here until the 10th May, Mercury returning from the 2nd May to the 16th May and Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos here until the 31st May. Where in the later part of April and the first days of May this is likely to cause some work/life balance issues or tensions, the more you can keep the communication lines open and work on smart and practical solutions, the easier it will be to find the right balance. Normally the planets moving through your career sector at this time of year would meet little or no resistance, with any attempts to find the right work/life balance more likely to be lip service at best. Yet for the first time in 28 years the planets have returned to your career sector to find Saturn in opposition in your home and family sector, demanding that you find and maintain the right balance. As the month progresses this will become progressively easier, allowing you to maximise what is a defining time in your professional year, with a chance to make some real progress. As the month progresses and especially as each planet leaves your career sector you'll find that you'll have more time to focus on your social life, which will become progressively more and more important as the month progresses. Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse in an adventurous part of your chart on the 25th May will bring a reminder not to take life or yourself too seriously.
From as early as the 10th May things will start moving on the career front, with Venus kicking off a period of bringing everything that you've been working towards for the last 12 months home, as she once again teams up here with lucky Jupiter. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Venus left your career sector last August, leaving lucky Jupiter behind to work behind the scenes until the time was right to bring everything together. That time is now, with Venus returning to your career sector on the 10th May, Mercury on the 16th May, the Sun on the 21st May and Mars on the 31st May. With your professional star due to rise progressively as the month progresses and June the month when everything will come together, this is the start of a major coming together of everything you've been working towards. Yet before and even after Venus returns to your career sector on the 10th May there is a spirit of adventure, curiosity and a hunger for knowledge that will remain in play throughout the month, keeping dominant professional forces from completely taking over. This makes this a month for keeping something back in reserve, for gaining knowledge and information, learning as much as possible or even just embracing the spirit of adventure before things become entirely professionally focused. While there will be few, if any challenges with this, a lunar eclipse in your home and family sector on the 25th May could bring any work/life balance issues or tensions to a head.
The money gods are coming out in full this month, making this a defining month on the money front, but in a way that is also a continuation of last month with most things out in the open, especially any challenges this is creating. While the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of May in your financial sector, making this the time of year when the focus will always be on your financial situation and money matters, for the first time in 28 years Saturn is on the other side of the sky, in opposition in your income sector, where he's standing his ground and refusing to let you settle for less. By the time you move into the new month the Sun and Venus have already moved into opposition with Saturn, Mars is in opposition in the very early hours of the month and Mercury will move into opposition on the 6th/7th May, after which it's all over in terms of tensions and roadblocks. It's after that, that the rebuilding will begin, in the lead up to a solar eclipse in your financial sector on the 10th May that will give you a chance to draw a line in the sand and take your power back. While there is no doubt that money matters will dominate this month it's not the only game in town. In the early days of the month communication on the relationship front is essential, with Mercury leaving your relationship sector on the 2nd May. On the 10th May Venus will leave your financial sector and return to your sector of travel, adventure, learning and discovery, where she'll bring a reminder that it's not all about the money with the Sun, Mercury and Mars all following suit by the end of the month.
The Sun will always visit your relationship sector at this time of the year and always spending the first 3 weeks of May here, this is often your most challenging time of year, for this puts the Sun and the other planets that travel with him on the other side of the sky and in opposition. This brings you to the halfway point of your solar year, a time when halfway between your last and next birthday month the Sun is holding you to account, asking that you remember the intentions that you moved into this solar year with, at the same time that he's also likely to be bringing any relationship issues to a head. This year the Sun is not alone, for you'll move into the new month with the Sun, Mars and Venus in your relationship sector as well, with Mercury returning on the 2nd May. What makes this year more challenging than most, is that for the first time in 28 years they've returned here to find Saturn in opposition in your sign, making it impossible to do anything but stand your ground. Saturn is demanding personal authenticity and accountability, at the same time that there is not only a lot of focus on your relationships but conflict between your personal and relationship needs. The aim is to find the right balance, with Mercury's return to your relationship sector creating the potential for a breakthrough, especially on the communication front. From the 10th May you'll find that things not only get progressively easier but that the focus starts to switch more and more to money matters. There may even be unexpected income developments around the 25th May.
May is always one of your busiest months of the year and that is even more so this year. For while the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of May in your work sector, putting the solar spotlight on work matters he's not on his own, with Venus here until the 10th May, Mercury here from the 2nd May to the 16th May and Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos here until the 31st May. With Mars and his drives and need for action the planet that is really going to keep this busy, this means there'll be no let up until the very final hours of the month. Yet if there are going to be work tensions and challenges you'll already know about it before you move into the new month, for they would have begun playing out in the later part of last month and will continue to spill into the early days of this month. However, by the time a solar eclipse in your work sector on the 10th May opens the door to new opportunities and beginnings, any tensions and challenges will be behind you or you'll have got to a point where you're able to work smarter and pick your battles wisely, reducing the impact of work tensions and pressures. What you will find from the 10th May is that relationship matters become a lot more important with Venus and Jupiter, the planets of love and luck coming together to kick off some of the most auspicious relationship weeks of the year, triggering something that won't run its course until mid July. Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse in your sign on the 25th May marks the halfway point in your solar year, with a chance to take your own personal power back.
The challenge you face this month is probably not the challenge you think you're facing at the start of the month, while at the same time being more an opportunity than a challenge. The challenge I'm talking about is finding a balance between work and play, mainly because of the huge opportunities you have on both fronts this month. Yet at the start of the month the challenges you're likely to be facing are the needs of others and learning to say no, but also knowing when you need to say yes, taking being there for others seriously. May is always a fun, playful and romantic time of the year for you with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your romantic and creative sector and this year that is especially so with Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion on board. Yet for the first time in 28 years they've returned to find Saturn in opposition, bringing a strong social conscience and altruistic needs, that are all about putting your own needs aside in order to be there for others. This is something that romantic and creative passions, that have a very brief window of opportunity, have to battle with, yet by early next month you should have found a way to achieve the right balance. Meanwhile, while Mars won't leave your romantic and creative sector until the 31st May, from as early as the 10th May the doors will start opening to some of the most opportune work opportunities of the year, with all that has been building behind the scenes starting to come together.
The worst thing about May is also the best thing, in that while the worst is that you're likely to be dealing with some of the most severe work/life balance issues and challenges you've ever faced, the best part is that they have already done their worst by the time you move into the month, with things becoming progressively easier as the month progresses. This is always a time of year when there is a lot of focus on home and family matters, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your home and family sector. This is even more the case this year, with Venus here until the 10th May, Mercury from the 2nd May to the 16th May and Mars not leaving until the 31st May, making this the month for putting everything into matters on the home, family and/or property fronts, knowing that from the 31st May you're on your own for another year. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for the fact that for the first time in 28 years Saturn is over in your career sector, in opposition. This is the first time in decades that your home and professional lives have clashed to this degree, with some major wakeup calls, but also a chance to find the right balance. For the reality is that your professional star is on the rise and not only career but also work and income conditions are going to improve dramatically over the coming months. So if the stars demand that you stop and take care of some housekeeping, then it would pay to listen. Most issues will be out in the open and easily resolved in the early weeks of the month, with a more romantic, creative and playful vibe setting in from the 10th May onwards that will put some of the fun back into life, especially if things have become a little too serious of late.
While Mercury will stay on in your income sector until the 2nd May to tie up loose ends, unlike previous years money matters aren't going to follow you as the year continues to open up. Mercury will leave you with a smart head for money and the tools to manage the resources that will stay in motion all year, while a lunar eclipse in your career sector on the 25th May will act as a professional lighthouse, steering you clear of any rocks and making sure you're on track. Apart from that there will be minimal involvement from the stars on the financial or professional fronts, making this a month where it's more about personal matters, with communication and home and family matters the major themes this month. To start with communication could be an issue and there could be some real challenges, yet Mercury's return to your communication sector on the 2nd May will bring the tools and resources to bring a lot of things to a head, getting things out in the open where they're able to find a voice. Continue to work all month to ensure the communication lines are open, across the board and in every aspect of your life. It's from the 10th May that home and family matters will become a lot more important, even more so than is normally the case towards the end of May each year. What is missing are the challenges of the past and instead there are opportunities for some real breakthroughs on the home front. With communication and home and family matters dominating this month May is a month for taking care of housekeeping, especially with June holding so much potential on the fun, romantic and work fronts.