In a month where there is a lot happening, especially on the income and professional front, you have also reached an important point in a personal journey. In 2010 Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected returned to Aries for the first time since 1935 and for most therefore, the first time in our lifetime. This began a crusade to help you find your personal truth, something that the Sun's return to Aries each year allows you to tap into. For the past eight years, at some point the Sun has aligned with Uranus, giving you a chance to align with your personal truth and your most authentic path forward.
This year this happened in the final days of your birthday month, which ended on the 20th April. While this brought your birthday month to a close, Mercury is staying on until the 14th May to help you tie up loose ends and finalise your game plan and resolutions for this new solar year. This is the point when Uranus will take a step back, watching and guiding from the sidelines, as he has done since 2010. Except that doesn't happen. Just two days after Mercury leaves Aries Uranus leaves on the 16th May, bringing a 16 year mission to a close. Uranus will return in November, but only for a quick revisit to check you're still on track.
It is on the 16th May that Uranus will join the Sun in your income sector, where a new eight year journey will begin. Apart from the few months that Uranus will double dip back into Aries later in the year, Uranus is in your income sector until 2026. With Saturn in your career sector until 2020 and Pluto in 2024, this is turning an already powerful month for career and income matters, into something game changing.
Whether you are an April or a May born Taurus, this is your month, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in Taurus. To start with this all looks very ordinary. Venus, your ruling planet left on the 25th April, just five days after the Sun returned to kick off your birthday month and new solar year. Those five days were enough for Venus to hand the Sun your shopping list for the coming year, with her job of giving your heart a voice done. It's not until the 14th May that Mercury will return to Taurus, with the intellectually savvy edge needed TO work on your game plan and resolutions and to take Venus' sense of 'what' and focus on the 'when, where and how'.
The Moon returns to Taurus on the same day, with a New Moon on the 15th May falling in Mercury's first full day. This will ensure you have your head in the game as you get a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead. Until now this is all very ordinary and what you would expect at this time every year, but it is just a day later that everything changes. For on the 16th May, while the Moon is in its final hours in Taurus and fortunately when your instincts are sharp, Uranus will return for the first time since 1942.
Apart from a few months later in the year, Uranus is here until 2026, bringing you to the start of an eight year journey towards finding your personal truth and your most authentic path forward. This turns an ordinary birthday month into the start of a major new personal journey. In the meantime, the 16th May is important for another reason, with Mars returning to your career sector the same day that Uranus returns to Taurus. Mars not only returns to find the wheels turning but to find Venus in your income sector.
While the Sun doesn't return to Gemini until the 21st May, kicking off your birthday month and new solar year as it does at this time every year, you start the month with Venus already here. Venus' return to Gemini on the 25th April is giving your heart a chance to get in first, with a chance to compile your shopping list before having to focus on the 'when, where and how'. Your birthday month and new solar year doesn't begin until the 21st May and Mercury, the planet that will give you the intellectually savvy edge needed to focus on the 'when, where and how' and to work on your game plan and resolutions, doesn't return until the 30th May.
Venus will leave Gemini on the 20th May, a day before the Sun returns, giving her complete separation from your birthday month. This is a chance for your heart to get in first. It is from the 20th May that Venus joins an illustrious band that will create some stunning conditions across the income, work and career fronts in the later part of the month. While Venus' return to your income sector on the 20th May immediately puts the planet of money in the heart of some stunning conditions on the job and career fronts, they were coming together anyway.
You start the month with the Moon in your work sector, a Full Moon in the closing hours of April still playing out. This is the first Full Moon here with lucky Jupiter on board, giving work and job matters a stunning head start this month. This also comes as dreamy Neptune is spending his first few days on his own in your career sector, since returning in 2012. The planets of luck and dreams come together to create an auspicious period for both job and career matters from the 20th May to the 28th May. Venus' return to your income sector on the 20th May is auspicious timing, setting things alight across the income, work and career fronts.
While a lot of planets are slowing down, with Jupiter in retrograde motion since March and both Saturn and Pluto both spending their first full month in retrograde motion, there is one planet racing ahead. And that is especially good news for you. That planet is Venus, who is rapidly moving ahead of the Sun and the other planets, so much so that she will have to turn retrograde in the second half of the year, in order to let the Sun and Mercury catch up. For now though, Venus is racing the Sun in order to play her own game. Venus was still in your friendship sector, the most social and serendipitous part of your chart when the Sun returned on the 20th April. However, she was soon off to a nostalgic part of your chart.
The month long wind down of your old solar year doesn't begin until the Sun returns to this nostalgic part of your chart on the 21st May, by which point Venus will be gone. Instead, this is when Venus' manic dash forward works to your advantage, returning to Cancer on the 20th May. This is over a month before your birthday month and new solar year begins and Venus will be long gone by the time the Sun returns later next month. This is a chance for Venus to get in first and when she does, she'll be playing with the big boys.
Jupiter and Neptune, the planets of luck and dreams will come together from the 20th May to the 28th May. With Jupiter in retrograde motion in a playful and romantically charged part of your chart and Neptune spending his first full month on his own in an adventurous part of your chart since returning in 2012, as the planet of love and all things fun, Venus is the perfect planet to capture this. As the heavy professional focus of the past eight years pulls back, finding a balance between work and play is set to become a lot easier.
Despite the fact that you have not only reached a massive month on both the job and career fronts but a game changing point in your professional year, this is being kept in perspective by adventurous forces that are not about to be uprooted. Despite the fact that the Sun left your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery last month, Mercury will leave on the 14th May and Uranus will wrap up his eight year visit on the 16th May, a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure will stubbornly prevail. Reinforcements have already arrived, though from the 16th May this won't be defended as vigorously.
The 16th May is the catalyst for major professional developments, but things start coming together two days earlier. It starts with the Moon and Mercury's return to your career sector on the 14th May, ahead of a New Moon here on the 15th May. With Mars leaving your work sector on the 16th May and the Sun leaving your career sector on the 21st May, this should be one last push for work and job matters. Instead, as Mars leaves your work sector on the 16th May Saturn and Pluto will take the wheel and with Saturn here until 2020 and Pluto until 2024, work and job matters will only entrench.
The real game changer is Uranus' return to your career sector on the 16th May, returning just hours before Mars leaves your work sector and with the Moon still wrapping up the New Moon the day before. This is Uranus' first visit to your career sector since 1942 and is the start of a massive new career push, one that will take until 2026 to run its course. All of a sudden Pluto, Saturn and Uranus come together to create a big boys club, one with the ability to completely change the shape of things across the job and career fronts. Yet still, a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure will stubbornly prevail.
May is less a month of two halves and more a month of two parallel lanes running at the same time. For at the same time that you have reached a game changing professional month, you have also reached a month full of romance, passion and adventure, which will only deepen as the month progresses. Is this a month for play and adventure or a month that is all about work and job matters? The answer is both and it will be your job to figure out how to find and maintain a balance between work and play. However, as both sides are evenly matched, there would be trouble if you let either one prevail.
The only way to explain the diversity is to outline what is happening in each lane. While the Sun won't return to your career sector until the 21st May, you begin the month with Venus already here. With Venus leaving on the 20th May, the planet of money, desire and attraction is able to get in first, fuel your professional confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. The real game changer is Mars' return to your work sector on the 16th May, firing things up on the job front at a time of year when this is not the norm. Normally moving through in just six weeks, Mars begins a mission that will take until November to unfold.
This creates a stunning month on both the job and career fronts and the point where your professional year really comes alive. Yet Mars starts the month in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and with the Sun in an adventurous part of your chart until the 21st May, romantic, adventurous and passionate forces dominate the first three weeks of the month. This would be the point where the pendulum shifts more towards your professional game. Instead, while you already have Saturn in a playful part of your chart until 2020 and Pluto until 2024, on the 16th May Uranus returns to begin an eight year visit to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery.
There are a lot of very different themes in play this month, creating a diverse month, but one full of potential and possibilities. This is a good month for both income and job matters. As Neptune spends his first full month on his own in your work sector since arriving in 2012, the planet of dreams and fantasies is reaching out to lucky Jupiter in your income sector. They will finally lock into a friendly embrace from the 20th May to the 28th May and the timing couldn't be better. For Venus' return to your career sector on the 20th May completes the circle, creating some powerful dynamics across the income, work and career fronts.
Yet before returning to your career sector Venus is in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery until the 20th May, where she is keeping the seat warm for the Sun's return on the 21st May and Mercury's on the 30th May. Venus is making sure that you can have your cake and eat it too. With Mars returning to your romantic and creative sector on the 16th May, any thoughts of life becoming all work and no play will fly out the window. While Mars will only return four days before Venus leaves, that is enough time to fuel a potent cocktail of romantic, adventurous and passionate forces.
Until the 16th May Mars is more focused on home and family matters, putting all his energy and focus on making things happen and getting things done across the home, family and/or property fronts. Mars will work in harmony with the Sun, in your financial sector until the 21st May, creating some positive conditions for financial matters on the home, family and/or property fronts. Chances are this will be a busy month on the home front, making it important to make work/life balance a priority from the get go.
We have less the end of an era on the job front this month and more a transition. Since his return to your work sector in 2010 Uranus has been the driving force on the job front, constantly working to put work and job matters on an authentic path. The Sun left your work sector last month, but with Mercury here until the 14th May you're still tying up loose ends. This should be the point where the reins are handed back to Uranus, who will continue to keep the wheels turning, as he has for the last eight years. Instead, Uranus will leave just two days later as well, on the 16th May.
There is no danger of work and job matters going off the boil, but staying behind are a group of dwarf planets and asteroids who are charged with keeping the wheels turning, but without reinventing the wheel. It is on the 16th May that Uranus will follow Mercury into your relationship sector, joining the Sun in his final days. Returning just a day after a New Moon in your relationship sector on the 15th May, this is the perfect time for a fresh start. What Uranus has done on the job front over the last eight years, he now begins to do on the relationship front over the next eight years.
With Jupiter in Scorpio, a balance between your personal and relationship needs will be policed from the get go, but Uranus is here to create something authentic. You can't have an authentic relationship without having the right balance between your personal and relationship needs. Neptune will also become a more potent player this month, as he spends his first full month on his own since returning to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart in 2012. This should also be a good month for money matters.
To start with finding a balance between work and play shouldn't be a problem and that's why you need to take this more seriously than most years. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your work sector, always has and always will. But as is the case in most years, Venus has already been and gone and with the Sun leaving on the 21st May and Mercury only here from the 14th May to the 30th May, all planetary activity on the job front looks like being over by the end of the month. With Uranus in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart since 2010, experience has taught you that scales that balance work and play will sort themselves out.
Once Mercury leaves your work sector on the 30th May there should be no more planetary activity on the job front and fun, playful, romantic and creative forces can ultimately prevail. Why then would you want to fight to create a balance between work and play, if it is all going to come out in the wash by the end of the month? The answer is because it won't and that while this looks like an ordinary month, it is anything but. Uranus is the planet that no matter what happens on the job front, will always bring things back to the fun, playful, romantic and creative side of the fence.
However, on the 16th May Uranus will leave and return to your work sector, moving to the work side of the fence for the next eight years. This is good news for work and job matters and especially with so much income potential, but it brings a need to take a balance between work and play seriously from the get go. Backing this up is Venus, who in your relationship sector until the 20th May does not want life to become all work and no play either.
It was late last month that Mars and Pluto aligned in Capricorn, for the sixth time since Pluto returned in 2008. While Pluto is in Capricorn, from 2008 to 2024, the planets of war and revolution will come together every other year, fuelling a sense of rebellion, giving you the courage to change things up and the courage to embrace what excites you. Yet while Mars and Pluto came together in Capricorn in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and now in 2018, this is the first time they have come together while the Sun is in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery.
It was Venus who first connected with Mars and Pluto last month, bringing a potent cocktail of romantic, adventurous and passionate forces together. While Venus starts the month in your work sector and is spearheading some exciting developments on the income and job fronts this month, it is her desire for adventure and to follow your heart that means simply going through the motions is no longer an option. Yet with Mars leaving Capricorn on the 16th May and the Sun leaving an adventurous part of your chart on the 21st May, this should be the end of play time. Especially with Mars returning to your income sector and the Sun to your career sector.
However, your world changes on the 16th May when Uranus joins the Sun in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery. Unlike the Sun, who is only here for a month or Mercury, who is simply passing through from the 14th May to the 30th May, Uranus is here to stay. This is Uranus' first visit since 1942 and apart from a few months later in the year he is here until 2026. With Pluto in Capricorn until 2024, the planet of change and revolution will work with Uranus to change your world and everything you thought possible. By the end of the month, you'll re rewriting your bucket list.
The focus is always on your home and family situation and matters at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your home and family sector. Yet while this is always the case, this year the implications and developments are enormous. You have a taste of one half of the issue or situation from the get go, with the Moon still in your career sector after a Full Moon in the closing hours of April. You will always have a Full Moon in your career sector at some point during the Sun's month long visit to your career sector and for a few days, this will create some professional pressure or work/life balance tension.
However, for the first time in 12 years, you have lucky Jupiter in your career sector, making work/life balance a reality throughout the Sun's month long visit. The Sun and Jupiter are the two largest and most powerful forces in the solar spotlight and for the first three weeks of the month, they are keeping each other in check, with your home and professional lives evenly balanced. Mercury will move through your home and family sector from the 14th May to the 30th May, but with the Sun leaving on the 21st May, it looks like your professional life will win out.
Except that's not your reality or at least it won't be when Uranus returns to your home and family sector on the 16th May. This brings the most important eight years on the home, family and/or property fronts in our lifetime. Uranus is an even match for Jupiter, however, they will never move into opposition and while this will keep your home and professional lives balanced, it won't create work/life balance tension. One planet happy that work/life balance is being policed is Venus, who is making this a special month for matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative.
There are a lot of major shifts this month, but the most important development is what is happening personally. For the first time in six years, we have an outer planet changing sign and therefore leaving an area of your chart and returning to another. This is going to change the focus, but before that can happen there has been a personal shift. This happened last month in two stages, something you're still adjusting to as you move into the new month. It began with Chiron, planet of healing's departure from Pisces on the 17th April, where he had been since 2010 and concluded with Juno's departure on the 28th April.
For the first time since Neptune's return to Pisces in 2012, you start the month with the planet of dreams and fantasies and your ruling planet on his own. And as Neptune is making his only visit in our lifetime, this is the first time ever that you've experienced this. Unshackled from the past with no other distraction it is just you and the planet of dreams, facing a future where anything is possible. This is going to impact almost every aspect of your life, allowing you to not only leave the past behind but finally start following your dreams.
In the meantime, while the Sun will always return to your home and family sector on the 21st May, you start the month with Venus already here. While both are just passing through, without Saturn on the other side of the sky this is just a nice chance to make home and family matters a priority. It's from the 20th May that Venus will kick off the most fun, playful, romantic and creative months of the year. This is also a vibrant month for talks, communication and connecting, something that is set to take hold and take on a life of its own.