This is the point in any year when the focus will be on your income situation, matters and options, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your income sector. Yet this is when all comparisons to any other year ever experienced begin and end. Even having Jupiter on the other side of the sky in your financial sector, for the first time in 12 years isn't what makes this such a game changing month, though this will keep you on your toes. Even the extraordinary activity in your career sector, with Mars working with Saturn and Pluto to drive things forward until he leaves on the 16th May, isn't what makes this such a game changing month.
However, the 16th May is the same day that everything changes. Until now the planetary activity in your income sector is what you would expect at this time of year. Even the fact that Venus has been and gone is something that you will see once every four years. Things start to bubble up on the income front from the 14th May and coincidently, it all happens while the Moon is here from the 14th May to the 16th May. It starts with Mercury's return just before the Moon on the 14th May, with a nose and a smart head for money kicking in at virtually the same time.
This sets the scene for a New Moon on the 15th May, which creates the potential for new opportunities and beginnings. The 16th May is the day that Mars leaves your career sector and the Moon leaves your income sector, but not before Uranus' return on the same day. Returning for the first time since 1942, Uranus returns to begin a major new journey on the income front that will take until 2026 to run its course. This will run in tandem with Pluto's time in your career sector, until 2024.
Starting the month with Venus in your income sector is definitely an advantage, but just how much of an advantage will just be starting to dawn on you. However, even then it won't be until mid month that the real implications will be felt. To start with you're likely to notice a new sense of confidence and a sense that something is missing. That something is Saturn, who for the first time in four years is not on the opposite side of the sky in your financial sector. A three year financial boot camp ended in December, leaving Venus and any planet returning to your income sector this year a free path.
This also means that without Saturn in opposition, there is no pressure or financial tension. The Sun won't return to your income sector until the 21st May and with Venus leaving on the 20th May, she is managing to fit in her whole visit before there is any need to keep it real. This allows Venus to focus on fuelling your confidence, attracting opportunities and raising the bar on your expectations. It is on the 16th May, just four days before Venus leaves that Mars will return to your career sector. This provides fuel that can drive Venus' income generating machine.
While Venus will leave your income sector on the 20th May and the Sun, who returns on the 21st May and Mercury, who returns on the 30th May will both be gone by the end of next month, the benefits will continue. Instead of moving through your career sector in six weeks Mars is here for months, with the Sun, Venus and Mercury able to steer things in a lucrative direction from the get go. There is a lot to be excited about on the income and career fronts, while a Full Moon in your financial sector on the 30th May will give both income and money matters a push start.
May is usually a fairly quiet month on both the income and financial fronts, with the main focus usually on letting money matters settle before turning your attention to income matters in June. Since Pluto's return to your financial sector in 2008, there has never been a month that the focus hasn't been on money matters. However, since returning the planet of change and revolution has spent from April to September of each year in retrograde motion. With the Sun not returning to your income sector until late June, this is a chance to settle into Pluto's first full month in retrograde motion.
That is still the case, but income matters aren't waiting until next month, nor are money matters staying quiet. Fortunately the two don't clash, otherwise there could have been some financial tension. Instead, while Mars is continuing to fire things up on the financial front, he will leave your financial sector on the 16th May. This is just four days before Venus' return to your income sector on the 20th May opens the doors to the most lucrative months of 2018, over a month before the Sun is due to return.
The reason why you don't want things active on the income and financial fronts at the same time is not just that your attention is split between the two. When your income and financial sectors are active at the same time this can put the planets in opposition, creating financial tension. Both Saturn and Pluto are spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your financial sector and won't be bothered by Venus' return. Mars, on the other hand, needs your full attention, as he fires up your financial passions and fighting spirit until leaving on the 16th May.
While things are still fairly quiet on the income front this month, quiet is a lot better than nothing happening, which is usually the case at this time of year. This is not usually an active point in any year for income or money matters. All planetary activity on the financial front is usually over by the end of February and with the Sun not returning to your income sector until late July, it is far too early for income matters to become active. Yet the normal pattern flew out the window when Ceres returned to your income sector last September.
Held back by a retrograde phase, Ceres is still here and will still be here when Venus returns to your income sector next month, over a month ahead of the Sun. With things continuing to evolve on the career front and this month likely to be a defining month in this professional year, to have income matters just ticking over is a good place to be. It is next month that the three most lucrative months of 2018 begin. This makes the Moon's visit to your income sector from the 20th May to the 22nd May important, for this will sharpen your nose for money and with that bring a chance to check that you're still moving in a lucrative direction.
The real surprise this month is on the financial front, with Mars returning to your financial sector on the 16th May to fire things up. This is Mars' first visit since 2016 and instead of moving through in just six weeks, he initially returns for two months and even then, will return for a second visit in September. Mars won't finally wrap things up until November, giving the warrior planet of the cosmos plenty of time to fire up your financial passions and fighting spirit.
While the overall pattern doesn't change this month, the dynamics in play do. The normal pattern means planetary activity in play when it comes to your financial situation and money matters as a whole, but nothing yet on the income front. This is the norm, for with continuous planetary activity in your financial sector since 2003, money matters are always ticking over. This is because you have outer planets in your financial sector, which tend to sit back and control the general atmosphere, but without becoming engaged or involved. While the players have changed, the two planets in your financial sector the longest have been Neptune and Chiron.
Chiron, planet of healing has been in your financial sector since 2010 and Neptune, planet of dreams since 2012. For the last three months, you've also had Juno, queen of commitment here as well. As the longest serving planet the focus has been on Chiron and his constant need to revisit the past. This has been a quest to lay old financial demons to rest and to either learn from or resolve the past. Chiron left on the 17th April and Juno on the 28th April, leaving Neptune on his own for the first time since returning in 2012. With the planet of dreams at the helm, the general atmosphere is now geared towards your financial dreams. Neptune doesn't deal in reality checks and there have been enough of those over the last eight years to last you a life time.
Neptune gets the support of Venus, planet of money as she returns to an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart on the 20th May. This will put Venus at a friendly aspect to Neptune while fuelling your financial confidence, instincts and imagination. There might not be any planetary activity on the income front, but there is plenty of professional developments to ensure that if the money is there it has a platform. The Moon's visit to your income sector from the 22nd May to the 24th May will sharpen your nose for money.
After the Sun left your financial sector last month, taking the solar spotlight off your financial situation and money matters, May is the month when things ease back to a steady momentum. With Uranus in your financial sector since 2010, money matters never entirely go off the boil, but May is usually the point where this planet charged with keeping things real, gets things back under his control. Mercury, held back by a retrograde phase, is here until the 14th May. Mercury is now in overtime, giving you extra time to work with his smart head for money to finalise your financial game plan and resolutions.
It is Mercury's departure that should see Uranus take a backseat and money matters resume their normal state of ticking over behind the scenes. Yet as the Moon moves through from the 12th May to the 14th May and your financial instincts kick in it will be clear that there is an additional push. For just two days later, on the 16th May Uranus will leave, bringing his eight year visit to a close. This will take a huge amount of focus off your financial situation and money matters.
Eris has been here since 1926 and is here for another three decades, but as a dwarf planet she doesn't have the clout or demands that Uranus brings. At the same time, while Juno and Chiron have returned, as asteroids their focus is more on momentum. Money matters are about to dial right back, making the first 16 days of the month a chance to ensure everything is tied up, you know what you're working towards and you're on the right path. There is enough ongoing support to keep the momentum going, but not enough to reinvent the wheel. If you're going to do that, it needs to be before the 16th May.
The fact that the focus is on money matters this month is no surprise and in fact, it would be impossible for that not to be the case. That is because the Sun has always and will always spend the first three weeks of May in your financial sector. This is when the solar spotlight moves onto your financial situation and money matters and the Sun brings everything out in the open. Venus has already been and gone, so you've had a chance last month to update your financial desires and expectations. To start with it is business as usual, apart from the fact that for the first time in 12 years you have Jupiter in your income sector.
So far, since Jupiter's return last October, the money gods' sole focus has been on your income situation and matters. It wasn't until Venus' return to your financial sector last month that money matters got their turn. Venus and Jupiter moved into opposition last month, but as the planets of money and luck, this would have been a win/win on both sides, creating some real motivation and forcing each to work harder. Jupiter is in retrograde motion in your income sector though, so they are not competing for forward growth or movement. When the Sun and Jupiter move into opposition on the 9th/10th May they are a more even match, so there could be some financial tension around that time.
However, there is a need to remember that Jupiter is here to bring income growth and in retrograde motion is focused on untapped income potential. Anything that can give that a push is an advantage. Mercury's return to your financial sector on the 14th May will ensure you have your head in the game and a smart head for money in time for a New Moon on the 15th May. Yet it is Uranus' return on the 16th May that means it is no longer business as usual. This is the start of a new journey towards taking back your financial power, one that will take until 2026 to run its course.
There should be a new sense of financial confidence this month, nothing earth shattering or game changing, but enough to restore your faith and inspire your imagination. The Sun will return to your financial sector on 21st May and as he does at this time every year, will turn the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters. This is the point where it does get real, but the reality is that this year you don't have the challenges of previous years. Venus, planet of money found that out when she returned to your financial sector on the 25th April.
You start the month with Venus here and apart from the Moon's visit from the 16th May to the 18th May, she will remain on her own until leaving on the 20th May. Leaving less than 24 hours before the Sun returns, allows Venus to get in first and pitch her mandate. For where the Sun is all about keeping it real and taking care of the financial housekeeping required at this time every year, Venus returns to fuel your financial confidence, desires and expectations. Venus' focus is on the 'what' and not the 'when, where and how'.
While the Sun will turn the lights on and keep things real, it is Mercury's return on the 30th May that will bring the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game. This is when you're able to make smart financial choices, decisions and plans, making this the time to focus on the 'when, where and how'. For the first time in four years, Saturn isn't on the other side of the sky, so there will be no oppositions, financial tension or pressure. The Sun and Mercury will both be gone by the end of next month, making this a short but easy annual update. It starts with figuring out what you want and ends with figuring out how to make it happen.
Between them Mars and Venus, the planets of passion and money are firing things up on the income and financial fronts this month, but fortunately not at the same time. With Mars in your income sector until the 16th May and Venus in your financial sector from the 20th May, they manage to avoid each other by four days. Until leaving on the 16th May, Mars' focus is on firing up your passions and fighting spirit on the income front, giving you the courage and confidence to fight for what you deserve. Yet missing is any kind of urgency. Even the Moon's return from the 4th May to the 7th May is unlikely to pick up on any.
As Mars only returns every two years, a lack of urgency means something is up. This is partly because with Pluto and Saturn not only staying on but both in their first full month in retrograde motion, there really is no urgency. Yet Mars is a planet that only cares about himself and what you can achieve in the short term. His lack of urgency is that Mars might leave on the 16th May, but only to let things settle, before returning for a double dip visit in August.
This will give money matters a chance to have their turn, especially as unlike income matters, there is no planetary activity on the financial front as a whole. Venus' return on the 20th May brings the planet of money into play over a month before the Sun is due to turn the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters. In and out before the Sun kicks off his annual financial housekeeping, Venus is able to get in first, fuel your financial confidence and update your financial shopping list.
It is business as usual in your two money houses this month or so it appears, to start with anyway. Yet business as usual this year is not business as usual with both years, with just enough momentum on the income and financial fronts to keep the two balanced. This is thanks to the lunar nodes' return to your two money houses last May and not just the eclipses they have already triggered, but the way they have been able to balance money coming in and money going out. If there is more weight on one front then it is on the financial front, with Ceres in your financial sector since last September.
Ceres is a dwarf planet so has no urgent agenda, with her focus more on updating your financial needs and priorities. It is the Moon's visit to your income sector from the 7th May to the 9th May that brings your first clue that something is about to shift. Venus, planet of money is in your work sector until the 20th May and is already working to fuel your job confidence, attract opportunities and steer things in a lucrative direction. The Moon's return to your income sector will sharpen your nose for money, something that Venus will know exactly what to do with.
Yet the Moon will leave you with a lingering sense that something is about to shift and shift it does, with Mars' return to your income sector on the 16th May. This shifts the balance of power onto your income situation, matters and options, with Mars returning to smash through glass ceilings and help you fight for what you deserve. The six weeks that Mars spends here every other year, are often the most lucrative weeks in a two year period. However, this time Mars is here for months and he arrives on the same day that major new doors open on the job front.
The Moon returns to your income sector from the 9th May to the 12th May, a visit that is destined to be both ordinary and extraordinary. Ordinary because the Moon returns every four weeks, with a chance to sharpen your nose for money, update your lucrative sense of direction and give you a chance to communicate with the planets that have been here for years now. There is a chance you will move into the new month with a sense that the dynamics have changed, but it's not until the Moon moves through your income sector that you will have a chance to check in.
This is when an ordinary monthly visit becomes something extraordinary. For while the Moon will align with dreamy Neptune, as it has done every four weeks since 2012 that's it. Chiron, here since 2010 left your income sector on the 17th April and Juno, here since February left on the 28th April. The Moon's alignment with Neptune is the first with the planet of dreams and fantasies on his own since arriving eight years ago. Gone is a need to revisit the past, contend with roadblocks or with reality checks. Instead, with Neptune closing in on another alignment with lucky Jupiter in your career sector, this is likely to fire up your imagination.
Neptune returned in 2012 to help you define and then achieve your dreams and after eight years of defining your dreams, it's time to start achieving them. Yet with Neptune here until 2026, Mars returning in November and support from Jupiter in your career sector until then, as your confidence and a sense of what's possible rises, the urgency levels will plummet. The Moon's visit from the 9th May to the 12th May is a chance to sharpen your nose for money and connect with dreamy Neptune in a way that you haven't been able to do since he returned in 2012. Reality checks need to take a holiday during that time.
There is something both ordinary and extraordinary taking place on the income front this month. Ordinary because there has been continuous planetary activity in your income sector for years and the fact that Mercury is still tying up loose ends after the Sun left last month. Mercury returned to your income sector in early March for what should have been a two month visit aimed at giving you the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game and make smart choices, decisions and plans.
Yet over two months on, a retrograde phase means that Mercury is still here and just as well. For until Mercury leaves on the 14th May, you've still got this smart and intellectually savvy planet to work with. In any year that would be an advantage but especially this year, with Uranus leaving just two days later, on the 16th May. Uranus, in your income sector since 2010, has been on a mission to not only steer income matters in an authentic direction but to define what you're striving for. Uranus will return in November, but only in order to tie up loose ends before leaving for good, not to return for another eight decades.
Yet as Mercury and Uranus are preparing to move on, the support crew that will keep income matters moving are moving in. This is a more subtle team, made up of dwarf planets and asteroids, powerful enough to keep the momentum going, but not enough to reinvent the wheel. Yet you don't need to reinvent the wheel, for that's what Uranus has been doing for the past eight years. The Moon's return from the 12th May to the 14th May will ensure your nose for money is sharp during Mercury and Uranus' final days.