When your birthday month ended on the 20th April the real journey began and this month the stars reveal what a smorgasbord of choices and options you have. The real push this month is on the income front, for with Mercury leaving your income sector on the 1st May, March on the 12th May, a New Moon on the 18th May and the Sun leaving on the 21st May, this is when the push to smash through glass ceilings and reach the riches on the other side moves into its more urgent phase. The fact that the Sun is the last to leave your income sector and was the last to leave your sign is a theme that will continue for several more months, with Venus and your heart leading the charge forward. While the Sun will return to your communication sector on the 21st May, Venus will have been and gone by then, leaving on the 8th May. This is giving your heart and your relationships a voice before this becomes more broad reaching, with Mercury's retrograde turn here on the 19th May even opening the door to second chances and to giving the past and unsaid words a voice, though not without the potential for some communication issues. In the meantime, Venus' return to your home and family sector on the 8th May puts the spotlight on home and family matters much earlier in the year than is normally the case. Across all aspects of your life your heart is becoming a dominant force, the ice cutter and trail setter for more strategic and practical forces to follow.
Whether you are an April or a May born Taurus this is your month, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your sign. Until the Sun leaves on the 21st May your birthday month is still playing out and regardless of when your birthday falls, the New Moon on the 18th May is a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead. This year you have a real advantage, in that with Venus having already been and gone you've got a clear sense of what you do and don't want from the coming year and with Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos here until the 12th May, the passions and fighting spirit needed to walk the talk. This is the first time in 2 years that you've moved into a new solar year with Mars in your sign, giving you a clear sense from the get go of what excites and motivates you. In the meantime, while Mercury will return to your income sector on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, with Venus here as you move into the month the most lucrative months of the year are already underway. Venus is part of a partnership between income, work and career forces that will not only continue after she leaves on the 8th May, but will culminate in some auspicious circumstances around the 24th/25th May. In the meantime, a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 4th May may bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head, but with Venus returning to your communication sector 4 days later it won't take much to turn this into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
The first 3 weeks of May are usually a quiet and reflective time of the year for you, a time when, in the closing weeks of your old solar year there is less energy and motivation to call on and there's a need to spend time navel gazing, finding the time to hear yourself think. While that will still be the case and in the early part of the month, unless something motivates you and you want to do it, chances are you'll find it hard to summon up the energy. For as well as being in the final weeks of an old solar year, as you move into the new month you're also in the final days of a 2 year Mars cycle, where it's likely to feel like you're running on empty. Yet moving into the month with Venus in your sign, new doors are already opening and while your birthday month and new solar year doesn't begin until the 21st May, Mars' return on the 12th May will see a sudden influx of energy, passion, motivation and warrior spirit. While Venus will leave your sign on the 8th May, the desires and expectations she leaves you with are in safe hands, with Mercury's return on the 1st May ensuring that you not only gain a strategic edge, but in his first week you have a chance to put heart and mind on the same page. Normally here for just 2 weeks Mercury won't leave until the 9th July, with a retrograde turn on the 19th May kicking off the second Mercury retrograde phase of 2015, just 2 days before your birthday month and new solar year begins, with a chance to spend time back at the drawing board.
With Jupiter spending his first full month back in direct motion in your income sector, Saturn his last full month in your work sector before retrograding back out next month and Uranus his first full month back on his own as the only planet in your career sector, there is a major chance to regroup. While Saturn will return to your work sector in September and stay on until December 2017 and Uranus will remain in your career sector until 2019, with your professional star continuing to rise over the coming months and years, with Jupiter leaving your income sector in August this is the last full month with this powerful triad in play. This comes just as the professional push of recent months eases back and you're better able to find not only a balance between income, work and career forces, but the right levels so that the rest of your life doesn't suffer. May is always a month when friendship, collaboration, your social life and both personal and professional networking are a lot more important, but this year there is also a degree of urgency. Already, even though the month long wind down of your current solar year doesn't begin until the 21st May, the desire and need to slow down and find time to hear yourself think is growing. To begin with his is a desire, craving those times when you can escape into your daydreams or old memories and after some busy months it's something you'll desperately need. But as the month progresses this will serve a more practical purpose, able to begin the process of closing old doors and making sense of where you've been before the wind down of your old solar year officially begins.
Moving into the month with your professional hat on will always be a reality at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your career sector, but this year there is a lot more urgency and a lot more intensity. Yet for the first time in 4 years this is for all the right reasons, for while you had Mars in your career sector 2 years ago, the last two years were also fraught with work/life balance tensions, issues and challenges. This year the only challenge to career forces is a Full Moon in your home and family sector on the 4th May, not only bringing both home and professional matters to a head, but any balance issues between the two, along with a chance to learn from the past. With Mercury leaving your career sector on the 1st May and Mars on the 12th May, by the time the Sun leaves on the 21st May there'll be no more planets here until 2016, making the first 3 weeks of May essential for getting this professional year up to speed. However, with Venus starting the month in a social and serendipitous part of your chart and Mercury, Mars and the Sun all returning over the course of the month, letting life become all work and no play won't be an option. From the 8th May the desire for time out to hear yourself think, but more importantly to escape into your daydreams and old memories, will not only become your guilty secret, but a valuable chance to get a jump on winding down your old solar year, 6 weeks before it officially begins. After a busy few months savour any opportunity to catch your breath and hear yourself think.
While your annual financial review ended last month, money matters will not only remain an important focus this month, but you should find that your financial confidence is on the rise as you move into more settled times. This marks a point where the money gods are more focused on income matters, especially with so much coming together on the income, work and career fronts. May is always the month when the focus shifts onto career matters, but last year that didn't happen until the Sun's return to your career sector on the 21st May and with all the planetary activity in your work sector having ended in early April, this has given things a chance to settle. This year work matters are not only still active, but moving into the month with Venus already in your career sector, Mercury returning on the 1st May and Mars, making his first visit in 2 years returning on the 12th May, new doors are already opening on the career front before the Sun even gets here. However, with the Sun spending the first 3 weeks in a adventurous part of your chart and Pluto keeping an eye on things from his position in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, you won't get away with letting life become all work and no play. In fact, any challenges this month will surround work/life balance issues, as you nut out a way to enjoy the professional success that is now possible and still have the home and family life and the balance between work and play that you need. In a month where you can have it all some juggling and smart time management is a small price to pay. What is important is having the communication lines open.
While the focus is always on money matters at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your financial sector, this year it's a little more extreme and urgent. Last year the Sun's departure from your financial sector on the 21st May wasn't the end of the story, with things continuing to play out until June. However this year, with Venus already been and gone, Mercury leaving on the 1st May and Mars on the 12th May, by the time the Sun leaves on the 21st May this will draw a clear line in the sand. With your financial desires, passions and fighting spirit fuelled, by the time a New Moon on the 18th May draws a new line in the sand, you need to be ready to commit to your financial situation, money matters, the future and the journey ahead. If the money gods seem to be in a hurry it's because Saturn is returning to your income sector next month and they want money matters sorted and out of the way. While this brings the potential for some major developments on the income front next month, the professional gods are already preparing, with a Full Moon in your income sector on the 4th May and Venus returning to your career sector on the 8th May getting the ball rolling. Sensing that things are due to start moving on the professional and income fronts a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure in play throughout the month is also taking on a sense of urgency.
While the pace will start to pick up on the professional front this month, with the main push over you'll find that this is a gradual and manageable increase of the pace as your professional star starts to rise. It's just as well for there is not only plenty of balls to juggle this month, but a welcome chance to embrace a sense of adventure. With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of May in your relationship sector, the focus is always on your relationships at this time of year, yet this year minus the personal and/or relationship tension and challenges of the past and the communication lines flowing much more smoothly than in the past. The only time you might encounter a speed bump is around the time of the Full Moon in your sign on the 4th May. This is the Full Moon that brings you to the halfway point in your current solar year, bringing a reminder of the promises and intentions made 6 months ago, while also challenging relationship forces to ensure your own needs aren't being neglected. Compared to previous years and in the scheme of things, this is the minimum amount of wakeup calls you can expect at this time of year. It's money matters that may come under pressure with Venus, who begins the month in your financial sector, Mercury who returns on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st all encountering the same roadblock, an opposition with Saturn in your income sector, for the first time in 28 years. Yet despite any financial tension this might create, especially in the early days of each planets arrival, with a strong partnership between income, work and career forces this will very quickly transform into motivation. It's from the 8th May that a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure comes into play, bringing a reminder that life can't be all work and no play.
If it wasn't for the fact that for the first time in 28 years you have Saturn in your sign, you would have a very smooth flowing month, with things coming together on the work, relationship and financial fronts. Yet the very fact that there may be some speed bumps and personal and/or relationship tension at different points in the month, is less a sign that something is wrong and more a sign that your own personal needs are fighting back. While the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of May in your work sector and with Mercury here until the 1st May and Mars until the 12th May, making this an opportune and progressive month for work matters, it's once they leave that there may be some tension. This is something Venus encountered when she returned to your relationship sector last month and as first Mercury on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May return, for the first time in 3 decades their early days will all be marked with personal and/or relationship tensions, as they go head to head with Saturn. What this is doing is putting relationship forces on notice from the get go, that while this is always a time of year when the focus shifts to your relationships, for the first time in decades it can't be at the expense of your own needs. All this will do is expose any personal/relationship balance issues, with the potential for some major communication and/or relationship breakthroughs. This is due to the fact that this is being balanced by forces that are not only making it easier to connect, but are creating auspicious conditions for friendship and relationship building.
A month that not only begins with a battle to find a balance between work and play but is evenly balanced, is set to become a lot more lopsided as the month progresses, to a point where the Sun's departure from a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 21st May will bring all the planetary activity here to a close, with no more until 2016. This makes it important to put a little more weight onto matters of the heart, your romantic and creative passions and all things close to your heart in the early weeks of the month. With Mercury joining Venus in your work sector on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, as each planet leaves this playful and heart focused part of your chart they'll put more weight onto work matters. It's not the fault of work matters and in fact it's a partnership between income, work and career forces that is set to become exponentially more charged as the month progresses, to a point where around the 24th/25th May there should be some positive things happening on all three fronts, but especially where they come together. It's just that the time of year where the planets are focused on matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative is coming to an end, with a need to embrace it while you can. Yet while the Sun is setting on your romantic and creative sector it is rising on your relationships with Venus, planet of love's return to your relationship sector on the 8th May bringing the first planetary activity since August 2014 and this time, without last year's challenges. At first old alarm bells might ring, until you realise that this time around the pressures that were on both you and your relationships are no longer there, while you now get to enjoy the benefits. As well as some increasingly positive dynamics in play on the income, work and career fronts you should find that overall the financial tide has turned.
While there is always a lot of focus on home and family matters at this time of year, there is a danger of thinking that you have more time than you do. While the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of May in your home and family sector and while he will always leave on or around the 21st May, it's not uncommon for other planets to stay on, keeping the focus going well into June. That was the case last year, with Venus not even returning until the 29th May, after the Sun had left and didn't leave until the 24th June. That won't be the case this year, for with Venus already been and gone, Mercury leaving on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, this will bring all the cosmic focus on home and family matters to an end, with the solar spotlight not shifting back this way until April 2016. This makes the first 3 weeks of the month the time to focus on home and family matters, both in terms of taking care of any housekeeping, addressing home and family matters and putting things on the track you want them to continue on. Yet while things are wrapping up on the home and family fronts they're just getting started in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and with the professional gods choosing this month to mount a professional surge, the one challenge you didn't see coming was having to find a balance between work and play, with nothing special happening on either front, until now. You'll move into the month with Venus in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and while she'll leave on the 8th May, with Mercury returning on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, once that flame is lit there'll be no putting it out. Things start to stir professionally with a Full Moon in your career sector on the 4th May, just 4 days before Venus' return to your work sector on the 8th May brings the first planetary activity in either of your professional houses this year, spending the rest of the month opening new doors and attracting new opportunities.
While Jupiter's first full month in direct motion in your work sector and Saturn's last full month in your career sector, before retrograding back out next month, makes this a professionally charged month and the pace will increase as the month progresses, you won't hit your stride until early next month, allowing you to pace yourself. The tide turns on the 9th April when Jupiter's 5 month retrograde phase in your work sector ended and since then he's been gaining speed and momentum, with the pace continuing to rise, but in a way that is gradual and easily adjusted to. This does make it important to work smarter and to adopt smart time management, for this slow and gradual increase in speed and pace will eventually catch you off guard, with things really taking off next month. Yet with Saturn in retrograde motion this is slowing things down, allowing you to pace yourself and with the recent push on the income front, income, work and career forces should be coming together nicely. In a month where communication is not only important but critical, especially with your most important relationship year in over a decade beginning midyear, home and family matters will also become increasingly important, as will having the right work/life balance. While it's the norm to have the focus shift to home and family matters at this time of year, as Venus found out when she returned to your home and family sector last month, Mercury will find out when he returns on the 1st May, Mars on the 12th May and the Sun on the 21st May, for the first time in 28 years they'll face an opposition with Saturn in your home and family sector. Yet considering how busy the coming months are set to be, the time to deal with work/life balance issues and get the balance right is now. The real treat this month will be Venus, planet of love's return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 8th May, breaking the romantic drought and bringing some colour back into life.