The influence of Gemini is pronounced this month, as Mars (from the 13th), Mercury, and the Sun (from the 22nd) transit the sign of the Messenger, activating a productive and instructive phase for communication, negotiation and learning. The pace is brisk and exciting, hang on to your hats! Mercury retrograde from May 19 – June 12 (the Shadow period extends from the May 4 – June 27) will offer some intriguing insights, though possibly indicate delays of one variety or another. If you feel held up in your plans or having a difficult time reaching a decision, this likely implies that information has yet to come to light and it’s worthwhile to wait. The mid way point in the cycle between the Sun – Mercury occurs on the 30th, so we are clarifying the agenda we set April 10th, and making adjustments as required as we move forward through the next phase of our endeavors.

Oppositions of planets in Gemini to Saturn (Mercury on the 3rd , Mars on the 15th, Sun on the 22nd) will bring culminations of efforts we made late last year, and emphasize a need to focus and calibrate our efforts to yield a successful outcome for those endeavors. A tricky issue of the retro cycle lies within a very tight square Mercury makes to Neptune over essentially the next two months. This can be a very whimsical and imaginative passage, or highly debilitating, depending on your innate connection to Neptunian energy which can make things quite fuzzy or nebulous. In a positive way it can be instructive – Neptune can be something of a blind spot and Mercury here can reveal the cracks in our thinking or circumstances that have been over idealized, which is helpful now as we prepare for some of the bigger challenges on route later this year (Jupiter opposite Neptune/ Saturn square Neptune). It’s even possible Mercury – Gemini assists us in articulating a visionary, creative or spiritual directive, though the framework may not resolve until the 3rd of the three squares. The exact aspects occur on the 9th, 29th and finally on June 23rd.

Venus in Cancer from the 7th deeply sensitizes the relational ambience, with very romantic vibrations illuminated on the 16th during a productive contact to Neptune. Here the dream or vision is augmented by our feelings, deeply enhancing the connectivity and receptivity in a love relationship. The 21st can be more contentious, as an opposition to Pluto suggests volcanic and confrontational episodes. There is equally the possibility of making a profound commitment at this time, particularly in a sexual relationship. Power struggles are also possible in this phase.

Jupiter quincunx Pluto on 21st as well provides the potential for an opportunity or breakthrough, likely tying back to events precipitated at the end of 2014, then stimulated again at the end of February. With Jupiter now direct, we are ready for liftoff on this one, even bigger and exciting things come to the fore in June, when Jupiter and Uranus trine.

The Scorpio Full Moon May 3rd amplifies passion and desire, connecting harmoniously to Pluto and bringing invigorating awareness to the fundamental shifts and transformations that have occurred since last October. There may be a real watershed here where we realize we have genuinely released the oppressive attributes of Saturn in Scorpio. Sun square Jupiter (Monday the 4th) and trine Pluto (Wednesday the 6th) activate incredible energy fields towards accomplishment where drive is required. A large scale project may come to the fore, also look to the Jupiter – Pluto quincunx for significant culminations of what moves forward in the first week.

The corresponding New Moon in Taurus on the 18th allows us to ground ourselves for a moment amidst all the bouncy Gemini energy and set intentions for material abundance and offers determination towards our pursuits. Essentially unaspected, this is a fairly benign Moon, which will likely act as a bit of an anchor during an otherwise unpredictable month. Use it to your advantage!

Monthly Horoscope:

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ARIES: Your expression may be challenged this month, and it’s likely you are rethinking or reworking a project associated with writing or learning when Mercury turns retrograde on the 19th. The 15th and 25th likely present some obstacles. Friendships and day to day life will be pleasurable, nonetheless, and there will be many fun trips, outings and activities with others. Financially you close the door on a debt or long standing arrangement on or near the 4th. A new source of income or phase of growth is available after the New Moon in Taurus on the 18th. Be careful of unnecessary or extravagant expenses on the 4th. You shine in negotiations and interviews on the 6th.

TAURUS: You’ve come a long way in regard to your committed relationships over the prior years and the Scorpio Full Moon on the 4th likely shows you exactly the distance you have traveled. Someone from another culture, your educational goals or traveling with a partner can provide a very transformative influence at this time. The 6th and 13th are also phenomenal for connecting to a kindred spirit. Venus through Cancer (May 8th – June 6th) offers fabulous social opportunities. Friends and social activities will bring wonderful introductions. Finances might get tangled this month as Mercury retrogrades in Gemini from the 19th. The 25th, 29th and 30th are really dicey in regard to earnings and expenses. Be very careful of what you commit to around those dates, or even avoid the matter all together. A New Moon in your sign on the 18th infuses you with energy and determination for the upcoming year.

GEMINI: A process of reorientation begins this month that extends through mid Summer as Mercury begins a very long transit of your sign on the 2nd. The retrograde phase (May 19th – June 12th) will see you reconsidering very significant aspects of your identity and personal style and expression, with many exciting changes in store. Mars in your sign on the 13th sees you are very active in this period, and the 27th is a great day for getting organized and setting a bold agenda for your future. You may not be able to get everything in order right away, but indications at this time will be strong. As your birthday draws near, you become aware that the old is truly giving way to the new, and that very auspicious developments are on hand. For now, look at your options. Incredible opportunities are on tap next month. The Full Moon on the 4th sees an end to a day job or way of life. Take time for rest and reflection on the 18th.

CANCER: A Full Moon in the house of True Romance and self expression on the 4th from Scorpio offers a very pleasurable respite from the more serious concerns you have entertained so far this year. Coupled with the passage of Venus through your sign beginning on the 8th, May could prove to be one of the more loving and affectionate periods of the year. (November and December also have some memorable moments in store.) A really enticing episode on the 16th feels to good to be true. This could tie back to a travel plan you made earlier in the year. A very active social phase comes to conclusion as the Sun (May 22nd), Mercury (May 2nd), and Mars (May 13th) all come to activate your etherial and private life from Gemini. There will be a period of deep reflection in the weeks leading up to your birthday, with a great deal of activity taking place behind the scenes as a sense of closure and release of the old news of the prior cycle to make room for the new takes hold. Rest is advised, particularly as Mercury retrogrades on the 19th through June 12th. Issues from the past (even the way back past) seek closure and will come up very unexpectedly. You may feel unduly susceptible to odd feelings of intuition in this phase. Listen to these, as they reveal much to you about where you have come from.

LEO: A financial culmination on the 4th may bring an end to one source of revenue, though a New Moon in your house of fame, reputation and profession on the 18th indicates you are making a bold career move and stepping up the ladder of success. Progress on the 6th sets the stage for ascension. Socially there is a great deal of activity, or you might be working with a group or organization though out the month. Dynamics here will get a little dicey from the 19th, when Mercury retrogrades, a reconsideration of the agenda will likely play out over the next few weeks. You may reconnect with allies from the past, as well, and interaction remains harmonious despite a setback. Love relationships are developing behind closed doors, with an enticing romantic encounter in store on the 16th. Be wary of keeping secrets, as a Venus – Pluto opposition on the 22nd will expose them in the least pleasant way possible.

VIRGO: Attention will turn to professional matters this month, as the Sun (May 22nd,) Mercury (May 2nd) and Mars (May 13th) all come to occupy the midheaven of your chart, stimulating your drive to succeed. A retrograde phase of Mercury beginning on the 19th will see some disorienting segues, for now, gather facts and listen to offers. Mars will be pushing you to action, but you know better! Wait until next month when far more auspicious opportunities lie in store. With all the information in, you’ll be poised to come to the appropriate conclusion mid – June. This month is more favorable for social excursions and connecting with friends. A love interest may feature, the 16th and 18th are both really lovely for meeting a kindred spirit. A Full Moon on the 4th is also positive for attending a social event or get together. Be careful of locking horns on the 22nd or 25th, you might be embroiled in a dispute on one of these dates, or otherwise entangled in another’s conflict. Tread cautiously.

LIBRA: A Full Moon in Scorpio on the 4th brings positive financial rewards for the efforts made over the prior six months, a favorable outcome likely impacts your home situation. Numerous concessions made in 2013 – 2014 give way to a lucrative upswing. The agenda still remains socially oriented, as Mercury (May 19th) and Mars (May 14th) then the Sun (May 22nd) take up residence in Gemini. A publishing, travel, teaching or media venture may be indicated. A Mercury retrograde phase from May 20 – June 12 suggest you’ll see some twists and turns as to how you get there from here. Conversation and dialogue prove fruitful on the on the 27th and 30th. Professional advancement is in the mix beginning on the 8th, as Venus paves the way for a great deal of activity coming late June into July. Team building and putting together the resources for a venture can feature – look to the 6th, 16th and 18th for significant events and meetings. Challenges arise on the 22nd and 25th, when it will be much harder to get people to come around to your perspective.

SCORPIO: The Full Moon in your sign on the 4th speaks volumes as to how far you have come in the last few months. A relationship can be heating up this month too. Venus in Cancer from the 8th has you quite at ease, pleasurable experiences through travel and cultural activities can be shared at this time. The 6th and 16th in particular are remarkable for exploring a new relationship. A New Moon in Taurus on the 18th signals a brilliant new chapter for love and relating. Some challenges are due on the 22nd and 25th in particular. You may be navigating some very unfamiliar terrain here, particularly when Mercury retrogrades on the 19th in the house of intimacy and shared resources. There may be a reconsideration of financial agreements with a spouse or business partner, and there may be the effect of uncertainty in a commitment that stems from this reappraisal.

SAGITTARIUS: Mercury (May 2nd), Mars (May 13th) and the Sun (May 22nd) begin transits of Gemini, your zone of relating, bringing a great deal of emphasis to your committed relationships from now through June. A key partnership goes through some odd mutations before it can crystalize: Mercury retrograde from the 19th sees an ongoing negotiation with a spouse or business partner on the horizon. This will not necessarily be a period fraught with conflict, but indecisiveness at either your hand or that of another will stall a significant agreement. Conversations on the 27th and 30th can be very fruitful for reaching accord. Venus in Cancer from the 8th allows for positive financial growth. This may be a good period in which to start a nest egg or retirement fund, especially if there is an influx of revenue. Intuition can yield a breakthrough on the 16th and a very interesting offer associated with those at a distance may come in on the 21se. More challenging will be the 15th, 22nd and 25th, as contentious alinements reveal tense dynamics at work in your personal life. Saturn from your sign may reveal a more rigorous attitude that those around you are still adjusting to and this period may highlight some of those issues.

CAPRICORN: Mercury (May 1st), Mars (May 13th) then the Sun (May 22nd) come to occupy your work, health and productivity sector, suggesting a great deal of energy is being put into a work assignment and that you will be quite busy right through June with this prospect. Mercury retrograde from the 19th – June 12th will indicate some changes in the status quo on the job. There may be delays or unanticipated changes that transpire, or you may just feel uncertainty about how to proceed. This is a good time to evaluate your options, a New Moon next month on the 16th will see all the pieces come together brilliantly. Social opportunities and developments in your personal life are also due. A Full Moon in Scorpio on the 4th harmonizes to Pluto in your sign, and you can connect passionately with friends at a party or social occasion at this time. Venus in Cancer from the 8th brings a very loving ambience to a partnership, and Jupiter, having resumed direct motion last month, can bring deep and provocative intimacy into this union. The 6th and 16th offer the most favorable developments, and a New Moon in Taurus on the 18th can bring a meeting or introduction if you are still on the lookout. There are some pretty contentious energies abounding on the 22nd and 25th that can bring up issues in a partnership either old or new.

AQUARIUS: A romantic association or creative project is up for review as Mercury retrogrades in Gemini on the 19th. This can be a highly valuable phase for editing your creative work, or finishing a project you have not had a chance to complete until now. Enthusiasm, energy and activity is transpiring in this area as Mars moves into Gemini on the 13th. While you may not be precisely sure as to where you wish to arrive with this person (in the context of a love relationship) or the project (in the case of a creative project) in view, you still have a good opportunity to try things on for size and weigh options. All the pieces come together in the middle of next month. A Full Moon on the 4th from Scorpio elevates your status as you get a promotion or receive recognition for all the hard – hard – hard work you did over the last two years during the Saturn in Scorpio phase. A New Moon in Taurus on the 18th signals a fresh new beginning in your domestic and personal life, perhaps a residential shift is featured, or a child (with so much Gemini – 5th house activity it’s quite possible) factors into the equation. The 6th and 16th offer favorable opportunities to reach accord in your domestic arena. A Venus transit of Cancer beginning on the 8th is favorable for deriving pleasure from working conditions and through attending to matters of heath and wellness. Do not let challenging developments on the 22nd and 25th (stormy weather ahead!) derail you from making positive choices about your personal care and well being.

PISCES: You’ll see a great deal of energy directed towards residential and personal concerns this month. Building up your base of existence is crucial in this phase to make the most of opportunities that arise this Summer and Fall. Mars from the 13th signals a dramatic shift of attention towards this area, a trend that lasts through June. If problems in the domestic environment are pervasive, a move might be in store. Professional interests could be a motivating factor for considering relocation on the 15th. A Mercury transit of this area beginning on the 1st allows for conversation and negotiation about this unfold, just bear in mind this is a work in progress through the middle of next month – Mercury retrograde on the 19th suggest a period of flux and ambivalence up ahead. For now remain open to all the alternatives, with the intent of coming to a conclusion next month when the facts are in. The 30th is advantageous for discussing the options available to you. Socially and romantically this is a very harmonious phase. Venus transits Cancer and the area of True Romance, creativity, children and self expression – activating a lovely climate for matters of the heart. The 16th is among the best you have all year to connect with someone romantically. This connects back to events and awareness stimulated February 1st. A Full Moon in Scorpio on the 4th, followed by a New Moon in Taurus on the 18th are both wonderful times to attend social events and meet new people. Challenges may arise (and are indicative of bigger pressures that emerge in July) around the 22nd and 25th. Financial considerations or commitments you have made to a group or organization seem to exert undue influence on your personal and pleasure pursuits at this time.

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