May is jam-packed…so let’s get going! The month starts with a lot of slow-moving, earth energy. It could be about making plans but not putting those plans into motion yet. Mercury will station retrograde in Gemini on May 29. He’ll be retrograde until June 22. All of this direct and retrograde motion means Mercury will get comfy in this sign for approximately nine weeks. While Mercury is retrograde, it gives you time to re-evaluate, reflect, and revise any of your plans. Spend some time reflecting on how you want your life to look.
Jupiter will dip its toes into the sign of Pisces on May 13. He will be here until July 28. This will give you a sneak peek of what 2022 will have in store for you when Jupiter revisits Pisces next year.
We have the first of two eclipses on May 26 when there is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. The second eclipse is a New Moon Solar Eclipse on June 10. The lunar eclipse on May 26 emphasizes letting go of something. It could be a belief that no longer fits your life. It’s about dismantling an old vision, so you may expand your view of the world—your awareness/consciousness. It’s about speaking your truth. Something may be coming to a head and that means there could be endings. Don’t despair. As hard as it can be when something comes to an end, the Universe has something else in store for you.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete its orbit through the twelve signs, staying approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is Void of Course (VoC), it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets before it leaves the sign that it’s in. At these times, it can be difficult to get focused and accomplish a task. You may want to relax, meditate, or do something where your focus is turned inward. Don’t try and get a new project off the ground when the Moon is void. If you want to find out more about the Void of Course Moon, check out moontracks.com.
The times below are listed in Central Daylight Time. (CDT)
Saturday, May 1
There’s a lot of energy in the earth element right now, specifically the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Capricorn. When the two luminaries are in the earth element, you could be pausing to take a breath before you decide to make a move. You want to create something tangible that you can enjoy, touch, taste, see, smell. It’s about being grounded and present. When Mercury trines Pluto, your intuition is sharp and you want to have meaningful discussions. You’re interested in seeing what’s behind the curtain and what might not be visible to everyone else. There’s a desire to know more about how others think and communicate. Delving into a subject with a psychological bent may be of interest, as well as talking to a counselor or a trusted friend. Moon in Capricorn.
Sunday, May 2
Beauty and imagination swim together when Venus sextiles Neptune. You want to surround yourself with beautiful objects today. Go to an art gallery, listen to music, do some redecorating at home! If you have a creative idea, grab onto the inspiration before it floats out of your consciousness. It’s also possible that the veil is dissolving, and you see a relationship with more clarity. You could want to lavish your loved ones with gifts. A financial opportunity may present itself to you. Do some investigating…you never know what could happen. Put yourself out there…it’s time for your light to shine. Moon VoC at 9:38 a.m. until 2:31 p.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius.
Monday, May 3
The Sun-Saturn square emphasizes duty and responsibility over what you want to do. You realize hard work will take you to your destination, but you may be exhausted. You could feel physically tired; make sure you look after yourself and get enough sleep. Finding time to look after the physical and emotional needs of others—as well as your own—can be tiring. Remember to put on your oxygen mask first or you won’t be able to help anyone else. A parent or a boss may be putting pressure on you to finish a task. The only way to get this monkey off your back is to just do it. You’ll feel a weight lifted from you when you do. Mercury enters the sign of Gemini
at 9:49 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4
Are you feeling moody? You may feel stuck in your relationships when the Moon squares Venus. Challenges come up when you or someone else is not able to see past their perspective. What can you do to smooth over difficulties? Remember what seems like a big obstacle today may have you wondering what the fuss was about tomorrow. Moon VoC at 7:05 p.m. until 9:09 p.m. when it enters the sign of Pisces.
Wednesday, May 5
Happy Cinco de Mayo! You could be leading with your emotions when the Moon trines Mars. With both these planets in water signs, feelings are magnified. You feel passionately and deeply and could experience a flood of emotions. Pay attention to where you’re feeling them in your body and then release them. You can create magic when you trust your instincts and let them guide you.
Thursday, May 6
Your love for another is felt deeply and passionately when Venus trines Pluto. You may be trying to think of ways to let that special someone know how you feel. Feeling buoyed by the energy of Venus and Pluto, you may want to gather your friends near to celebrate life! There’s a deep need for connection. If you’re creating art, your art could mirror your intensity and depth.
Friday, May 7
Expressing yourself and getting your message to others is easier when the Moon sextiles Mercury. Your enthusiasm for your beliefs shines through you and speaks volumes. You have the stage and their attention…take advantage of it! Moon VoC at 2:36 a.m. until 6:52 a.m. when it enters the sign of Aries.
Saturday, May 8
When Venus is in the last degrees of Taurus, she squares Jupiter. You may feel extremely romantic. Maybe you’re trying to hold onto someone or something that you love and brings you joy. Loosen your grip and let everything and everyone flow the way the Universe intends. When Venus squares Jupiter, one thing to watch for is overdoing it. There’s the potential of spending too much, eating too much, drinking too much; remember to enjoy yourself, but in moderation. Venus enters the sign of Gemini at 9:01 p.m.
Sunday, May 9
Happy Mother’s Day! Today’s Moon-Pluto square could bring up feelings of insecurity. You may feel you’re not doing a good job or that someone is saying something about you. Find out more information before you jump to any conclusions. You may feel like someone is being controlling or manipulative. Pay attention, trust and follow your inner compass as to what you should do about it. Moon VoC at 5:50 p.m. until 6:46 p.m. when it enters the sign of Taurus.
Monday, May 10
When the Moon sextiles Mars, you’re being called to follow your dream. Now is not the time to play it small. Let others see you, your passion, and drive! When working independently, you get noticed for doing a good job. In a group setting, you get attention for being a team player. Speaking of passion, this energy highlights sensuality and fun. Give your partner a massage or a foot rub, it could lead to other things. If you’re single, do something sensual and nurturing for yourself like candles and a nice dinner. The possibilities are endless.
Tuesday, May 11
The New Moon in Taurus is at 21 degrees at 2 p.m. New moons are always about new beginnings. Where in your life do you want to plant seeds? Taurus is an earth sign; imagine playing in the dirt and preparing the soil for the seeds you plant to take root and sprout! Neptune gets in on the action as it forms a sextile with the Sun and Moon. So, imagination, as well as physically doing a task, could produce a tangible outcome. The Taurus New Moon wants to be able to have something solid that can be touched. If you build a strong foundation from the ground up, then you can grow and expand upwards without fear of the structure collapsing. Speaking of building a strong foundation, remember to look after your physical body; it also needs tending.
Wednesday, May 12
When Mercury trines Saturn, this is where communication and know-how meet hard work. There’s a more serious tone to the day as the focus is on work. You’ve got your head down and mean business. You know how to put all the information you’ve soaked up to good use. Make sure you finish up one task before you move onto the next item on your to-do list. Moon VoC at 7:23 a.m. until 7:43 a.m. when it enters the sign of Gemini.
Thursday, May 13
There’s a dreaminess to the day when the Sun sextiles Neptune. Take some time to meditate or connect with a higher source. Some downtime wouldn’t hurt either. With the Sun in Taurus, if you can get outside and enjoy Mother Nature, all the better. Feeling idealistic and altruistic, you might be called on to lend a helping hand. You never know what and when inspiration will strike when the Moon and Mercury conjoin. Jupiter enters the sign of Pisces at 5:36 p.m.
Friday, May 14
The Moon is void in Gemini most of the day. Pay attention during any conversations and listen to what the other person has to say. Watch your words, be careful of saying something you’ll regret later. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back! The Moon is quincunx Pluto, so there is the potential that you or someone else may try to control a situation or be manipulative. Trust yourself to know how to handle anything that comes your way. Listen to that “little voice”—it will know what to do. Moon VoC at 5:51 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. when it enters the sign of Cancer.
Saturday, May 15
Mars and Saturn form a quincunx. The planet of action, Mars, is not quite seeing the whole picture with the planet of work, Saturn. The pieces aren’t fitting together the way you’d like, which can feel frustrating. You’re trying to accomplish a goal or act while having to go around roadblocks or triple-check everything. Breathe…things will sort themselves out…eventually.
Sunday, May 16
The Moon in Cancer makes a trine with Neptune in Pisces. This flowing, water-like energy emphasizes sensitivity, emotions, and receptivity to the energy around you. There are so many ways to play with today’s energy. Tune into your body/mind/spirit when meditating. Be creative, play with tarot cards, color, bake…the list goes on and on! There are many ways to engage with it. Have fun picking just one!
Monday, May 17
When the Sun trines Pluto, you may feel like you’re the authority in your life…and you are! You feel powerful and may want to express your opinions. Great. People are listening to what you have to say. Do some investigating to figure out which direction you want to take, but be ready to do the work. Be informed, but pay attention to what you want to do. Possibly, someone else thinks they know what’s best for you and is trying to steer you in a certain direction. There may be some challenges, but that’s how you learn, grow, and transform yourself. Moon VoC at 1:23 a.m. until 7:44 a.m. when it enters the sign of Leo.
Tuesday, May 18
When the Moon opposes Saturn, you may feel you’re not getting everything you need from your relationships. It might be time to re-evaluate how they are going and what part you play in them, as well as what your partner brings to the table. Trust yourself and the information you perceive. Only you can decide if it’s worth working on or if it’s time to move on. The Moon-Mercury sextile brings the opportunity for discussion. Start a dialogue about what you both want in this partnership.
Wednesday, May 19
Your hard work has paid off! You could be noticed for your diligence and accomplishments in your field. The Venus trine Saturn may herald a pay raise or a promotion. You’re doing what you love and getting paid for it! It doesn’t get better than that. Loyalty, being reliable and responsible may not seem glamorous, but these are admirable qualities. This is what you’re looking for in your relationships; someone who shows up, and it feels pretty good. Moon VoC at 2:13 p.m. until 3:59 p.m. when it enters the sign of Virgo.
Thursday, May 20
Happy Birthday to all the Geminis! Sun enters the sign of Gemini at 2:37 p.m. The Moon-Venus square usually emphasizes wanting to be with friends and loved ones. Everything could be fine, as long as you don’t try to control those you love—think Stephen King’s character, Annie, in the movie, Misery. You may have some work to do when it comes to improving your relationships. A little bit of thoughtfulness and going the extra mile for someone you love goes a long way. If things aren’t so rosy right now, you might feel like everything and everyone is out to get you and could fall into despair. Don’t! This too shall pass. And, when you’re on the other side of it, you’ll feel a lot better.
Friday, May 21
When the Sun squares Jupiter, you may be searching for some answers. You could be trying to figure out in which direction you need to move to expand your awareness. Studying something in that area could propel you down a whole new path. You could feel energetic, optimistic, and generous. If you put your focus on one avenue, you should have success; however, make sure not to take on too many projects. You don’t want to scatter your energy and exhaust yourself. Moon VoC at 2:56 p.m. until 8:35 p.m. when it enters the sign of Libra.
Saturday, May 22
“Don’t dream it/Be it” a line from “Rocky Horror Picture Show”—this is the energy of the Mercury square Neptune. Illusion meets up with creation. What do you want to create? There is a whole field of consciousness/awareness available for you to explore and learn from. Get your feet wet…the water’s fine. The other side of the Mercury-Neptune square is deception—not everything is as it seems. So, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is fitting. People deceive others, they are spaced out on who knows what, there’s a dark side, etc. Not everything is as pretty as it appears, so keep your eyes open. You could just stay in and create something or watch movies. Today, there’s the potential of misunderstandings or confusion. It’s also possible someone is being evasive and not telling you everything. It may be because they don’t want to hurt your feelings or because they’re trying to pull a fast one. So keep your eyes open and your feet on the ground.
Sunday, May 23
In the morning, the Moon trines Mercury. You may feel like connecting with others—sharing ideas—while supporting and encouraging each other. It could be the start of a partnership. You’re tapped-in, tuned-in to your intuition and easily expressing yourself. By late afternoon, the Moon squares Pluto. Hidden feelings may be exposed or rise to the surface. Acknowledge how you feel and move in a healthier, more positive direction. Find balance in your partnerships and your relationships. Saturn stations retrograde at 4:21 a.m. Moon VoC at 4:36 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. when it enters the sign of Scorpio.
Monday, May 24
Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends! With the Moon-Uranus opposition and the Moon-Saturn square, emotions and moodiness may be off the charts. You could feel restless and on edge. Also, you may think or feel like you’re all alone and no one loves you. Tune into your heart/body/spirit and ask it what it really needs. Be present for yourself. Healing comes when you pay attention to your needs. When you’re ready, call up a friend to talk. With these two aspects, it’s also possible that someone may suddenly appear in your life. It could be an older person who ends up being a mentor.
Tuesday, May 25
When the Moon’s in Scorpio and the Sun’s in Gemini, you could feel emotional and are trying to figure out how to express yourself. By surrendering, acknowledging, and accepting your emotions, you can move through them. It may require thinking outside of the box. Try a body/mind technique, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help you process your emotions. Moon VoC at 4:20 p.m. until 9:39 p.m. when it enters the sign of Sagittarius.
Wednesday, May 26
We have a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at five degrees of Sagittarius at 6:14 a.m. Full moons are about releasing, and this eclipse cranks up the moon’s volume! In Sagittarius, it could be a release around beliefs, spirituality or travel. During this Full Moon in Sagittarius, the Sun is in Gemini. The Gemini Sun highlights education, communication, and siblings. You could be feeling a deep rumbling—an internal shake-up. Don’t panic. What have you learned? How do you want to express it? Is there something you’re passionate about that you want to share with others? What did you start during the New Moon in Taurus? What needs to be expressed and released? Where do you want to grow and expand? Awareness of your subconscious is key. Fly above and observe yourself. You’ll gain a new perspective from a different vantage point and see things in a different light.
Thursday, May 27
You could experience some challenges in your relationships and finances when Venus squares Neptune. You may feel vulnerable and down, thinking you’re not good enough. Spend some time contemplating what you think and see…a lot of it is untrue or a distortion. Commune with your soul to see all the beauty that is you. When you’re feeling low, be careful of others who could take advantage of you. Spend time with the people who love and appreciate you. They see all your great qualities. There may be some confusion and misunderstandings in your partnerships. It’s possible someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. You may also be seeing a partner through rose-colored glasses. Take the glasses off and see what’s in front of you. When it comes to money issues, make sure you do your homework before investing in a new venture. You know what they say if something seems too good to be true… Moon VoC at 12:35 p.m. until 9:23 p.m. when it enters the sign of Capricorn.
Friday, May 28
When the Moon trines Uranus, you’re on the lookout for something out of the ordinary. Be open to receiving inspiration from the Universe. Pay attention to any insights you receive with regard to unusual opportunities. It may be a new money-making venture. From the outside, it may feel bizarre or out of your comfort zone, but you never know where it will lead and what doors it could open.
Saturday, May 29
Feelings are magnified when the Moon conjoins Pluto and they oppose Mars. It’s easy to get pulled into some deep waters. When Venus conjoins Mercury, expressing how you feel about someone becomes easier. You tap into all these juicy places and express your heartfelt emotions to tell them what they mean to you. Mercury stations retrograde at 5:34 p.m. Moon VoC at 5:15 p.m. until 11:04 p.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius.
Sunday, May 30
You feel calm and at ease when the Moon trines the Sun. Feeling confident and sure of yourself and your abilities, you can easily join in at work or in your social life. Yet, just as comfortably, you can do your own thing. You exude quiet strength and leadership qualities that draw people to you. Getting together with others could be fun. Inner harmony is reflected in the world around you.
Monday, May 31
Happy Memorial Day to my friends in the United States! Sensitivity and intuition are heightened when Mars trines Neptune. You may feel like everything is colored with a rosy glow, seeing others or that special person in a shining light. The perfume of romance tinges the air. If you like to create, today would be the day to call on your muse and have fun playing with some paints, clay, your guitar, or another medium. There’s also the potential to want to serve others or gather with like-minded people who are drawn to spiritual pursuits. Take your pick…the world is your oyster!
Bernadette Evans is a counseling astrologer, hypnotherapist, registered professional counselor, as well as a writer. She can be reached 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com to schedule a consultation. You can follow her on Instagram @bernadette_evans.astrologer. Visit www.mindshiftcounselling.com.