There is a sense that you need to crack on with important matters sooner rather than later as May begins. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, your ruling planet Mars remains in Taurus until the 12th.
Taurus is the sign that rules money, personal possessions and all the things you value highly in life. Taurus is one of the earth signs, which indicates that you need to be productive and deal with practical matters. If you have any financial matters which are outstanding, it’s important that you get to grips with them early in the month.
The Sun is also in Taurus until the 21st and the most important weekend for money is the first weekend in May. This is a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. On May 4th, there is a powerful Full Moon in the heavens which cuts across the Taurus-Scorpio money axis of your chart. Full Moons bring clarity as the moon is at its brightest and it’s a time when your intuition is strong.
Wherever you need to focus your attention regarding money matters, it’s this Full Moon that is most powerful. Bring matters to completion, make important arrangements and finalise all dealings that relate to cash. It’s the perfect time for a stock take, to feel you’re in control of your finances and to set strong foundations in place for your future.
Jupiter, the planet of good times and abundance, is currently in your fellow fire sign of Leo. Jupiter is square to the Full Moon and this indicates that you need to look closely at your spending habits. Jupiter encourages you to be extravagant, to enjoy life to the full. This is all well and good if the money is available but be careful that you don’t go over the top with your spending. Taurus is a sensible sign and you’re wise to work steadily towards your long term financial goals.
There is one other date that’s key for money matters which is the 18th when there’s a New Moon in Taurus. New Moons are promising for new beginnings but there’s no time to waste as Mercury is up to its tricks the following day. Ideally get money matters sorted by the Full Moon rather than let things drag on this month. The New Moon is perfect for setting new intentions and initiating new money habits.
The other major reason why you’re wise to deal with important matters early in the month is because Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde on the 19th. Mercury remains on go slow until June 11th. This is a powerful Mercury retrograde phase for you because on the first of the month Mercury enters Gemini, the sign of communication.
In your chart, Gemini represents paperwork, negotiations and all forms of communication. Mercury is a quick moving planet but this month Mercury is hampered, slowed down and you might find it impossible to run before you can walk. In fact, you might find that you have to play a waiting game until mid- to late June.
If you’re waiting on information or you’re involved in any kind of situation that involves bureaucracy, you can expect to be in it for the long haul. This might apply to a passport renewal, a visa application or any other documentation that’s linked to transport or travel.
Gemini is also the sign that rules education in your chart so its a tricky period for tests and exams. Nothing is straightforward now in these areas and you can expect more mix-ups than smooth operations. Be willing to be flexible and give yourself extra time to get from A to B.
Gemini is an important sign in May and June because your ruling planet Mars joins Mercury in Gemini on the 12th and the Sun enters Gemini on the 21st. Yet all three planets are going to be challenged by the Saturn-Neptune square that’s a key theme in 2015.
Saturn is currently in your fellow fire sign of Sagittarius ruling travel, higher education, philosophy, spirituality and future goals. Whatever you begin whilst Saturn is in Sagittarius, you have to commit to it for the long term. This isn’t about short-term satisfaction or overnight success. Instead think long haul, keep your eyes focused on the future and be persistent. This is not an easy energy for you as you crave immediacy and you can quickly become bored.
Saturn exposes your limitations and shows you where in life you have to work hard to achieve your goals. Saturn is up against Neptune in Pisces and this combination can leave you feeling all at sea.
Neptune is a boundless planet, vast and meandering, and when Neptune dominates, you feel confused, you question where you’re heading and why. So as you can imagine, this is likely to be a challenging period for your long term goals. You might be questioning your future direction, you might be keen to change track, give up a course of study or let go of a long held dream.
Sagittarius is also connected to the law and publishing so these areas too can drag and there may be times when you want to give up on what you’re trying to achieve. Yet the answer is not to give up but instead to give yourself time and space to find a way round any obstacles, problems or blocks in your path.
Sometimes a period of reflection and contemplation isn’t a bad thing. You’re wise this month to accept that you’re on a journey and view this as a period of exploration rather than banging your head against a brick wall if you can’t reach your chosen destination.
Meanwhile Venus, the planet of relating, is relatively settled in Cancer, the home and family sector of your chart. Venus enters Cancer on the 7th and remains here until early June. Turn your attention to these areas of your life and use your home and family as a safe base, a place where you can rest and regain a sense of security. I
f you’re married or in a relationship, lean on your partner and ask them to support you. You’re not in a situation where you can charge ahead this month so take your time and learn to go with the flow.