May begins with the sun in chill and sensual Taurus. Most years, this is the perfect time to get grounded, slow down, and enjoy the sunny springtime vibes. This May, however, will be far less relaxed. Expect the unexpected from the jump, as we had our first solar eclipse of the year on May 1. Expect major life transitions and dramatic changes. Try to flow with the shifting tide rather than swim against it and let life take you where you need to be.
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Mercury goes retrograde on May 10, which may cause communication snafus and misunderstandings. Get any serious conversations you need to have out of the way at the start of the month, and don’t let the retrograde convince you it’s a good time to contact your ex. Jupiter (planet of growth and prosperity) moves into bold Aries on May 10, reminding you that it’s okay to confidently ask for what you need in your personal and professional life.
Look to the night sky on May 15 and you may catch the gorgeous full moon and lunar eclipse in Scorpio. Avoid arguments and instead, use the day to let go of past hurts and mistakes (yours and others’). Don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster for the next few weeks. This is one of the most astrologically intense months of the year, so hang in there.
Read your sun and rising signs to learn more about what May 2022 has in store for you.
It’s a big month for you, Aries, with three planets moving into your sign. Venus starts your month off with sensual, sexy vibes, making it the perfect time to shoot your shot or plan a romantic night with your lover. Jupiter returns to Aries on May 10 (the first time in 11 years!), ushering in opportunities for your growth and expansion. You’ll want to rein yourself in if you’re putting your energy into too many projects at once, or moving too quickly in an overzealous attempt to “do it all”. Neptune’s fantasy vibes come your way on May 18, so remember to ground yourself in reality, and pay attention to your body when it asks you to slow down and manage your stress.
Flexibility may not be your strength, Taurus, and this month’s intense eclipse season may throw off your usually grounded, calm vibes. With the sun in your sign, you’ll feel more confident and self-aware, which should help you navigate these unpredictable moments and changes that may affect your relationships and personal goals. Your ruling planet Venus spends most of the month in your spirituality zone, so use this time to rest, rest, and rest some more. Step away from the drama when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed. Mercury retrograde may affect your finances, so spend a little time going over your budget and tweaking it as necessary.
If you’ve been feeling called to step away from your usually busy social life, spend time alone and take a break from the daily hustle and listen to that inner voice. This month offers you the opportunity to slow down and reconsider how you prioritize your time and energy. Venus spends most of this month in your friendship zone, so now’s the time to leave the big parties behind and spend more time cultivating meaningful relationships and connecting with the people with whom you feel most at home. By mid-month, you’ll feel energetic and ready to tackle your to-do list with a fiery passion. Eclipse season may bring up some intense emotions, so be sure to practice self-compassion as you navigate these choppy waters.
This month is all about taking action to make your long-term dreams and wishes a reality, Cancer. You may crave deeper connections and heart-to-heart talks, which will require you to get creative in how you tend to your relationships. Venus moves through your career zone for most of May, and you’ll find it easier than usual to make a positive impression on the higher-ups at work. It may not be easy to stand in the spotlight (or assert yourself), but it’s time to get more comfortable with a leadership role. Once Mercury goes retrograde, it’s time to slow down, go inward, and reevaluate where you are now. What you do (and say) at the end of the month can make your innermost desires come true.
Your professional life will be a priority this month, Leo. Spend time consciously nurturing important professional relationships to make yourself invaluable to the people you want to impress. This is a great time to take a new class, book a flight to somewhere new, or take a leap of faith you’d ordinarily not dare attempt. Mercury retrograde moves through your friendship zone mid-month, so don’t be surprised if folks from the past extend an olive branch. Be discerning about who you invite back into your life. Expect setbacks on a big project later in the month, but don’t be too discouraged and don’t give up. What looks like an impossible situation now will set you up for more success in the long run.
There are plenty of opportunities to help you get out of your comfort zone this month, Virgo. But you may not get the instant results you’re hoping for. Don’t let this stop you from making bold and brave choices, because the inner work you’re doing now will benefit you months down the road. The lunar eclipse and full moon mid-month may feel a bit challenging and turn up the intensity of your communication with those you interact with. Consider who and what is worth your energy, and practice saying “no” when you need to. You can’t solve everyone’s problems, nor should you. Instead, focus on the projects and people that matter most — that includes you.
Mercury retrograde usually causes communication troubles, but not for you this month, Libra. The placement of this planetary trickster could in fact improve the way you share your thoughts within your relationships and help you find new and healthy ways to express yourself. Venus spends most of the month in your partnership sector, bringing blessings that support your efforts to connect with and share goals with your lovers and friends. You may need to wade through some heavy emotions at the end of the month when the full moon spends time in your money zone. If your actions don’t align with your values and goals, you may have to make some adjustments to the way you spend your resources and time.
Last month ended with a bang for you, Scorpio, and now you’re dealing with the aftermath of the changes the solar eclipse brought to your relationships. May is all about diving deep into emotional work. This is the perfect time to reassess how you give and receive in relation to others. Mid-month the full moon and lunar eclipse are in your partnership zone, and you may find yourself wondering if the people you give your energy to are truly worthy of your care. You’ll feel fired up and driven by the end of the month, ready to tackle your day-to-day tasks — a much welcome relief from the heavy emotions you’ve been through.
You’ve been making good headway in tackling your daily to-do list and feeling confident in your work-related competency. While this feels pretty boring for you, Sagittarius, this month promises to be far more exciting. Venus moves into your romance zone for most of the month, bringing more fun-loving energy to your life that helps you express yourself in more creative ways. You may feel more emotional than usual by mid-month. This is a good time to consider how your boundaries (or lack of) interfere with your self-care routine and mental health. This is a good time to get into a daily breath-work or meditation routine to help you find the balance you need.
Last month’s solar eclipse likely brought some insights into how you express yourself and use your voice (and heart) to show up in your closest relationships. You’ll need this information as you navigate this month, Capricorn, as Venus moves through your domestic/home zone for most of May. You may realize that it’s not only okay, but absolutely necessary, to prioritize people over productivity. In fact, you may feel a little low-energy by mid-month. Take time for rest, relaxation, and reconnection with yourself and your loved ones. You’ll learn how being a part of a team can actually help you get more done than being overly independent ever could.
You may have been nesting and tending to your inner world the past few weeks, Aquarius, and that continues as May kicks off. By mid-month, the full moon and lunar eclipse move into your career zone, showing you how your past hurts and limiting beliefs impact your professional life. This is a good time to consider how your public persona and passion to change the world interfere with your desire to have deep, meaningful connections with those who matter most. You’ll get a break from heavy emotional work by the end of the month when the sun moves into Gemini. This brings a breath of fresh air and newfound confidence in your ability to trust yourself, your creative expression, and how you communicate matters of the heart with others.
Taurus season usually brings you out of your cocoon and gives a boost to your social life, Pisces. But this month you may be feeling low-energy and drained of your vitality. By mid-month you may feel like you’re in the middle of an emotional transformation, and you’ll feel compelled to rethink your life philosophy and long-term goals. This can feel overwhelming, especially given how sensitive you are to energetic changes in yourself and your surroundings, but in the long run, all of this inner work will pay off. In the meantime, take time out for plenty of naps and Netflix binging, and spend carefree time with the people who accept and love you as you are.