The main focus of any month is going to be driven by where the Sun is and also what the major players of the solar system are up to and for this month, they are one in the same or at least on the same team. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in your income sector this focus is always going to be on income matters at this time of year, but also looking beyond the money to your sense of expectation across all the currencies in your life. The other big event this month is Jupiter's direct turn in your work sector on the 10th May, bringing your working year to a turning point and setting in motion some of the most potentially successful months in a decade for not only work matters but for anything that keeps you busy. Coincidently the 10th May is also the same day as a rare Mercury eclipse in your income sector, with the two unfolding at the same time, but that's not the only coincidence or is it divine intervention? For the first 10 days of May the doors are open to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the income, work and career fronts at the same time, due to the fact that Pluto is spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector and Mercury is in retrograde motion in your income sector until the 23rd May. Yet a New Moon on the 7th May means that this won't be at the expense of new opportunities. That May is always going to be the most important month of any year for income matters is a given, but what isn't a given is that it should come just as work and career matters come together. In the meantime, the Sun's return to your communication sector on the 21st May and Venus' on the 24th May shifts some of the focus onto communication and especially when it comes to giving your relationships a voice.
Whether you are an April or a May born Taurus this is always your month, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in your sign. Not due to leave Taurus until the 21st May your birthday month has exactly three weeks to run from when you move into the new month, with a New Moon on the 7th May creating an opportunity to commit to this new solar year, the future and the journey ahead. However, for the first time in six years you're also moving into your birthday month and new solar year with Mercury in retrograde motion in Taurus, giving you access to the past, the rear view mirror and 20/20 hindsight. In partnership with Jupiter, in his final days in retrograde motion in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and Pluto, in his first full month in retrograde motion in an adventurous part of your chart, you're being woken to the things you've been missing out on, at a time when the doors are open to the past and second chances. What is giving you the confidence to make up for lost time when it comes to following your heart and embracing a sense of adventure is that the 1st May is Venus' first full day in Taurus, with your heart finally becoming engaged just 24 hours before moving into the month. Until now you haven't been ready to embrace the journey ahead. The 10th May is set to be a significant day, with Jupiter turning retrograde just as a rare Mercury eclipse brings the past, present and future together. In the meantime, don't be alarmed by any financial tension as the Sun returns to your income sector on the 21st May and Venus on the 24th May, encountering both a Full Moon in your financial sector and some competition from financial forces. While things may get a bit bumpy for a few days this will give birth to a new sense of determination on both the income and financial fronts.
While the final weeks of an old solar year can often take the wind out of your sails, with the Sun's traverse through your sector of subconscious thinking, imagination and review a time for inner reflection and contemplation as you close the doors on one solar year and prepare to open the doors to the next, this year things are even more nostalgic. While it's not uncommon to have Mercury and Venus here as well, engaging heart and mind in the process of navel gazing and looking back through the rear view mirror, with Mercury in retrograde motion this gives you even more access to the past, at a time when there are a total of five planets in retrograde motion across your chart. This becomes a lot more fun from the 1st May, with Venus' first full day here bringing you to the start of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane, one that will extend into the early days of your birthday month and new solar year, which begins on the 21st May. From the get go there is a need to be prepared for a bumpy start to your birthday month and new solar year, aware that all is not what it seems. A Full Moon in your relationship sector on the first full day of your birthday month was always going to bring any personal and/or relationship tensions to a head and push some buttons, but with Mars just days away from retrograding back out of your relationship sector on the 28th May, there will be some clashes during the first six days of your birthday month. While your new solar year gets off to a bumpy start it's simply that the bar has been raised on both the personal and relationship fronts, with a call for authenticity from the get go. This clears the way for an empowered birthday month and a chance for some real second chances on the relationship front.
Whether it's the fact that with the wind down of your old solar year beginning on the 21st May or the abundance of forces not only in your friendship sector but in partnership with communication and relationship forces, but the idea of secluding yourself away isn't as appealing as it once was. This is always a socially focused time of the year for you due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking, but it's not usually as special as it is this year. This is due to the fact that just as Jupiter is spending his final days in retrograde motion in your communication sector and Pluto is spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, Mercury's retrograde turn in your friendship sector late last month has opened the doors to the past and second chances on all three fronts at the same time. While Jupiter will turn direct on the 10th May, the same day as a fateful Mercury eclipse in your friendship sector, this is just Pluto's first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector. Venus, in your friendship sector until the 24th May, is an equal opportunity planet and throughout her time in what for her is a social and serendipitous part of your chart, she'll trigger the laws of attraction and synchronicity. Venus is just as interested in attracting new people into your life as she will be in attracting second chances, seeking out the best in both directions. The period from the New Moon on the 7th May to the Mercury eclipse on the 10th May is likely to be fateful and serendipitous for personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building. With Saturn and Mars in retrograde motion in your work sector this is a call to work smarter, with the Full Moon here on the 22nd May the first involving both in 28 years but also the first while both are holding the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential in our lifetime.
That you'll need to move into the new month with your professional hat on from the get go is a given, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your career sector, however this is where all similarities with other years begin and end. The professional and money gods are playing so many wildcards this month, with so many events game changing in their own right but even more so as they come together in such a narrow time span, that there is a need to also have your mind and your options open. Regardless of what is playing out on the career front Jupiter's final days in retrograde motion in your income sector was always going to make the first 10 days of the month auspicious for second chances on the income front, but even more so when fate brings you to a point where the doors are also open to the past, second chances and untapped potential across the work and career fronts as well. With Pluto in his first full month in retrograde motion in your work sector and Mercury in retrograde motion in your career sector until the 23rd May, the money and professional gods are up to something. There is also something fateful taking place between the 7th May and the 10th May, a period that begins with a New Moon on the 7th May and concludes with a rare Mercury eclipse in your career sector on the 10th May, just as Jupiter turns direct in your income sector. A partnership being forged between income, work and career forces will continue to play out for the rest of this month and well into the coming months. However, the Sun's return to your friendship sector on the 21st May and Venus' on the 22nd May will shift some of the focus onto personal and professional networking and friendship building, with Venus doing her best to create some serendipitous moments. Any danger that the month will become all work and no play will be allied by the fact that Mars and Saturn are not only in retrograde motion in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, but a Full Moon on the 22nd May will make this impossible to ignore.
Moving into the month with five planets in retrograde motion does mean that the handbrakes are on across many aspects of your life, on in the right places at the right time. When a planet turns retrograde he not only pulls back, does a U turn and begin retracing his steps, he also slows down, taking the wind out of your sails and a lot of the urgency. This creates a distinction between the areas of your chart where there are planets in retrograde motion and where the planets are in direct motion and are therefore free to move forward, creating areas of your chart that are hurtling forward at full speed and others that have slowed right down, allowing you to pay more attention. The areas where life is slowing down is on the home, personal, playful and adventurous fronts, the very areas of our chart that are neglected when life gets busy. While Jupiter will turn direct in Virgo on the 10th May, Mercury will turn direct in an adventurous part of your chart on the 23rd May and Mars will retrograde back out of your home and family sector on the 28th May, Saturn will remain in retrograde motion there until August and Pluto will remain in retrograde motion in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until August. In the first three weeks of May the areas of your life that are still operating at full speed are working in partnership with those slowing down so there won't be a problem, but that changes when the Sun returns to your career sector on the 21st May and Venus on the 24th May. With no planets here since last July and no planets in retrograde motion, the Sun and Venus will return for a fresh start, with career and professional opportunities and developments ready to absolutely take off, which is a mixed blessing. Great professionally, for this is going to see your professional year catch its second wind, but in the short term this could see work/life balance issues and tensions come to a head as the other areas of your life protest.
The focus is always going to be on financial and money matters at this time of year due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your financial sector. This is when the Sun performed your annual financial review, shining the solar spotlight on the things that you would normally sweep under the carpet and bringing the reality checks that there is no hiding from. The Sun's intention is to create an authentic new starting point by the time he leaves on the 21st May, making sure you do the financial housekeeping required. This can bring some unwelcome wakeup calls, but this year this is being balanced with a lot of support and the potential for both new opportunities and second chances. With Mercury in retrograde motion in your financial sector until the 23rd May his smart head for money comes with 20/20 hindsight, while buying you extra time back at the drawing board and looking back through the rear view mirror. Until she leaves your financial sector on the 24th May Venus will be working to fuel your financial confidence, desires and expectations, as well as attracting opportunities. However the real confidence booster is the partnership with Jupiter and Pluto, the planets of luck and change, who both begin the month in retrograde motion as well. While this provides a boost in confidence when it comes to financial matters on the home, family and/or property fronts, the biggest impact is in promoting a more empowered way of looking at things. In the meantime, Jupiter's direct turn in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart is a bigger deal than it might appear, for this is when the planet of luck and expansion does a U turn and resumes his journey back to Libra, a journey that will take another four months.
While the focus is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, this doesn't usually come with the support. With Saturn in your sign for much of the last three years and any planets moving through your relationship sector moving into opposition, after the challenges of the past and the personal and/or relationship tensions this created, you would have settled for just putting them behind you. However, the gods don't feel that's enough and are going all out in an opportunity for a total rebuild. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your relationship sector and until leaving on the 21st May will bring the kind of reality checks and wakeup calls your relationships need, but he's got both direct and indirect support. The direct support is coming from Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships who only returned to your relationship sector on the 30th April and from Mercury, planet of communication, who has not only been here since early last month but in retrograde motion since the 29th April. Mercury was always going to bring a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice but with Pluto also spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector, the communication and relationship gods are doubling to make sure that's the case. This comes just as Jupiter, due to turn direct in your friendship sector on the 10th May, is offering support to both, opening the doors to the past and second chances across the communication, relationship and friendship fronts. Between them the communication and relationship gods make this a powerful month for personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building, with the potential for both new beginnings and second chances. This is also a month for accessing the past, second chances and untapped potential on the income front, though this may see some financial tension come to a head as your annual financial return begins on the 21st May. With the most powerful Full Moon in your income sector in 28 days on the 22nd May, this is simply income and financial forces fighting for your attention.
This is always going to be a busy time of year for you, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in your work sector, bringing you to a point in the year where the solar spotlight is on your work situation, matters and options until he leaves on the 21st May and the focus is on all the things in life that keep you busy. Until she leaves on the 24th May Venus will be working to attract opportunities, fuel your confidence, desires and expectations but also give your heart a clear sense of direction. Venus is an equal opportunity planet and while she'll be working with the Sun to attract new opportunities, with Mercury in retrograde motion in your work sector until the 23rd May she'll also be working with him to attract second chances, not just on the work front but across the income and career fronts as well. With Jupiter turning direct in your career sector on the 10th May and a rare Mercury eclipse in your work sector on the same day, just three days after a New Moon there, this could be a game changing month for both work and career matters. There are a few days this month that you need to be alert to, for stumbling into them without warning could bring a nasty surprise. It's the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 21st May that opens the door to a few tense days, compounded by Venus' return just three days later on the 24th May. That's not a problem in itself and in fact is good news for your relationships, it's just that the Full Moon on the 22nd is the first in your sign in 28 years with Saturn and Mars on board and it comes just as you're starting to take back some of your old power. Just as you reach some of the most important days in a decade for you and your own needs, relationship forces show up and want your attention. Personal and/or relationship tensions will extend out until the 25th May and while things may get bumpy for a few days it is simply your own and your relationship needs fighting to find the right fit and balance. This will raise the bar on both your personal and relationship needs, which will ultimately benefit both.
Since Mars left your career sector on the 4th January there has been no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses but with the Sun returning to your work sector on the 21st May and Venus on the 24th May that's about to change. With work opportunities and developments opening up from the 21st May taking until the 30th June to run their course and some major career developments in the second half of the year, once the year begins its professional slant life is going to become a lot busier. From the get go expect life to fight this and to start with this will be easy and in fact, if I didn't know better I would say that the universe was having a bit of a party, with one last hurrah before things become busier and more work focused. While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, before returning to your work sector, this is not only something that heart and mind are also engaged in this year, but the doors are open to the past and second chances here and across the personal and adventurous fronts. If life is giving you an opportunity to keep your work hat off in the first three weeks of the month, then the universe is making sure you make the most of every moment. However, just because the Sun and Venus return to open new doors on the work front don't expect playful and adventurous forces to back off, for that's not going to happen and instead you can expect some real opposition. In fact, the Sun and Venus' early days in your work sector might not be that pleasant, with work tensions and pressure in general running high. However, this has more bark than bite and simply the fact that the Sun and Venus arrive to throw off the dust covers and to get things moving on the work front during Mars' final days, not only in a nostalgic part of your chart but in retrograde motion. It's a Full Moon on the 22nd May and Mars' opposition with both the Sun and Venus in the following days that will see forces that want to take things slowly protest vehemently. Tensions won't last long but the benefit will, which is a call to work smarter from the get go.
Chances are if you went into the month blindly, with no information on what is to come, you would reach the end of the month really annoyed with yourself, for not making the most of the chance during the month to enjoy the slower pace, the chance to make home and family matters a priority and just cruise in life's slow lane. With the professional gods nowhere to be seen, new doors not due to open on the work front until next month and on the career front until October, your one complaint might be that things aren't moving fast enough. However, on the 28th May Mars, who left your career sector on the 6th March and shouldn't be back until 2018, instead retrogrades back in for a double dip visit. Returning almost three months after leaving and not due to leave until August, Mars will open the doors to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the career front, just weeks before new doors open on the work front next month. From the 28th May the next chance you'll have to take your professional hat off won't come until the 23rd November, almost six months later. Imagine reaching the 28th May and realising that you should have made the most of the chance you had in the first four weeks of the month to not just keep your professional hat off, but make the most of the chance to make home and family matters a priority. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of May in your home and family sector and so much support this year, this is a chance to not only focus on home and family matters but to make your life as user friendly as possible, ahead of the busy times ahead. In the meantime, matters of the heart will get their turn in the later part of the month, thanks to the Sun's return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on the 21st May and Venus' just three days later. This is when the battle to find a balance between work and play begins in earnest.
It is said that all good things come to those that wait and while I'm not sure if that's right or not, as we sometimes have to go out and make things happen and fight for what we deserve ourselves, it helps that this is something the universe subscribes to, finally dishing up the kind of month you deserve. Let's face it, you have been through a rough few months and undeservedly so. From late February to mid April a parade of planets moved through your sign, bringing you some of the best support as you moved into a new solar year in many years, awakening old dreams and aspirations and giving you the confidence to embrace life full on. If it wasn't for the fact that for the first time in 12 years you had Jupiter over on the other side of the sky in your relationship sector, you would have been through a great few months and the reality is that you have, you just don't realise it yet. A series of oppositions over recent months and a succession of personal and/or relationship tension and challenges coming to a head, wave after wave would be enough to sap anyone's confidence, which is why when the truth is finally revealed it will be so empowering. The oppositions are over but Jupiter, in his final few days in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, as you move into the new month, is getting ready to make this up. The Sun, Venus and Mercury, the very planets that moved into opposition with Jupiter over recent months, this month move into support and into solidarity. With Pluto spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your friendship sector, Jupiter in retrograde motion in your relationship sector until the 10th May and Mercury in retrograde motion in your communication sector until the 23rd May, the planets of luck, communication and chance come together, holding the doors open to the past and second chances across the communication, relationship, friendship and relationship building fronts, creating the potential for a major breakthrough. Until she leaves your communication sector on the 24th May Venus is committed to giving your heart and relationships a voice, with a New Moon here on the 7th May and a rare Mercury eclipse on the 10th May all contributing to a major turnaround. As you finally see the past few months as both personally empowering and empowering for your relationships, the next challenge will be work/life balance issues, though the gods are saving that for the later part of the month.