Ah, May, the month that most astrologers have been eyeing quite warily because of the major planetary changes and configurations that are about to unfold, namely Uranus entering Taurus for the first time since 1934 right after the new moon in Taurus on May 15.
Uranus is known as the planet of sudden change, upheaval, and revolution, but one of his favorite activities is questioning authority and social programming. Uranus looks at what currently exists around him and asks, “Why should it remain this way? Maybe there’s a different way of doing it.” This is probably where Aquarians get their “unusual” and eccentric reputation. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to take what is and turn it on it’s head. When we’re willing to view things from an unexplored vantage point, we just might discover a new mode of being.
That said, Taurus isn’t Uranus’ favorite sign to visit, because Taurus isn’t exactly known for its desire to change unnecessarily. It’s a fixed earth sign, so it likes stability and knowing what to expect next, especially in regards to its tangible resources (read: money and food). The Taurean motto might as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — and if it is, maybe it’s best that way.”
So, here’s a taste of what we might see under this sign-planet meetup: shifts in the stock market and monetary values, physical changes to the Earth, revolutionary plans for food cultivation and environmental conservation, and much more. Mercury will leave Aries at long last and enter Taurus on May 13 (for 16 whole days). While in Taurus, Mercury will be slow to talk but deeply thoughtful as he tries to make sense of the information he’s receiving. Things will be moving fast, so he’ll help us process first before leaping to conclusions.
To add a bit more oomph to the month, Mars will enter Aquarius on May 16, inviting us all to act on our unusual (and potentially genius) ideas. The catch is that Mars will be in a cranky square with Uranus as soon as he changes signs. Whenever these two planets meet up, there’s a high probability of sudden violence and revolutions, but with that risk also comes more decisiveness and courage.
May is the month to take risks as if this is a dress rehearsal, since Uranus will dip back into Aries on November 6 to wrap up any loose ends we’ve left behind. On May 19, Venus enters nurturing Cancer, offsetting all that chaotic energy by putting an emphasis on self-care. On May 21, we leave the steady domain of Taurus as the Sun enters Gemini. If the month felt fast and crazy before, Gemini will really pick up the pace and call on us to investigate what’s going on in the world around us.
We finish out the month with a vibrant full moon in Sagittarius, followed by Mercury picking up speed and curiosity in Gemini.
It’s a breathless month, so stretch, hydrate, and do your best to keep up with all the changes!
March 21 to April 19
May will have you questioning everything that you think you hold dear, Aries. You start out the month fairly quietly, until Mercury in your sign makes one last stand against Mars in your house of career and reputation on May 12. This will tie up that irritable mega boss saga you endured during Mercury’s retrograde in March, so consider it another chance to put your words into action without causing a power struggle within yourself or those around you. Remember, you’re the boss now. You’re get to decide what authority looks like in your life.
This empowering change is perfectly timed with Uranus moving into your house of values and resources on May 15. Now that you’ve changed as a person, your values and how you want to use them are ready for a similar shake-up. You may suddenly realize that chasing after money isn’t your thing anymore (or maybe it wasn’t your thing before and now it is). You may start examining your resources not for their inherent value but for the freedom they can give you. When your ruling planet, Mars, enters Aquarius on the 16th, you may feel a jolt to be more risk-taking, especially around previously untapped talents and investment ideas. If you really start throwing caution to the wind, your friends could start to look at you funny. A few squabbles may erupt as you assert your need to do things your way, even if it means upsetting the status quo of your group. Try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, Aries, you never know who might be able to add a practical element to your radical plans when you sit down long enough to talk it through.
April 20 to May 20
It’s your time to shine, Taurus! This is finally the month that will shake you out of your rut and give you a brand new trajectory. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes at the idea that anything could possibly make you change without your expressed permission, but I invite you to look at all the ways you could be electrified for the better. What’s the point of being steady to the end if it only gets you a so-so, meh-ish life? Uranus entering your house of self will inspire you to be courageous enough to live your truths, to be as original and inventive as you wish to be.
Take a risk — you don’t have to follow all the Bulls who have come before you. You can lead a whole new herd to greener pastures if that’s what you want to do, Taurus. Mars will be in your house of ambition for a while just to inspire you to do something worthy of attention. What do you want to lead the battle cry on, Taurus? You may also want to check if your image and reputation is at odds with who you actually are. Ask yourself: Are you recognized by the deeds you do and the resources you have, or the person you are without those labels? It might be time to combine the person you are with the impression you hope to leave with others.
May 21 to June 20
You’re going into uncharted territories, Gemini, and what you may find is anyone’s guess. Uranus will be taking a spin through your house of the unconscious and unseen — who knows what he may dig up in there? A few words of advice when dealing with activity in this house: Pay attention to your intuition and trust it. Uranus will act somewhat like the Great Oz behind his curtain, giving you insights about the world that exists beyond what you perceive with your own two eyes. If you open up your mind, you may get a glimpse of the cosmic picture and the guiding patterns of all things.
If you’re feeling like a risk-taker, you can test drive the insights you receive to see if they work in reality. This particular house’s effects are intangible and hard to grasp. Just know that there will be moments where you’ll face up to previously held beliefs and maybe realize that they don’t match up with the new information you’re downloading as if from outer space. Just roll with it, Gemini. By the time your birthday season rolls around, you could be seeing the world so differently you’ll feel like a brand new set of Twins.
June 21 to July 22
Your tagline isn’t “No New Friends,” Cancer — it’s the reverse. This month you deserve to seek out new groups, organizations, and even some new hopes and wishes for the future Cancer. Why shouldn’t you? You’ve been working nonstop on your relationships and that’s sometimes a drag, so why not pursue new bonds that light you up from the inside out? Uranus entering your house of friendship electrify and change things up for you, so don’t be afraid to get involved with new people just to see what comes out of it.
This is not to say that there won’t be a few scraps along the way. Mars will be energizing your house of passion — and our personal passions don’t always match those of the groups we belong to. So, find the ignition point. Beyond the friction lies that sweet spot where our values can find a collective to ignite with inspiration and excitement. This is Uranian energy, so try to think outside of the box. Venus will be entering your sign on May 19, giving you an added dash of charm and grace. Use it to your advantage when you’re out there meeting new people. You never know who might be on your exact same wavelength, ready to make some fireworks happen for all of us to enjoy.
July 23 to August 22
If you’ve been chasing a dream of success for years on end, Leo, Uranus entering your house of career and reputation may throw all of that work in the trash. Don’t panic — this could be a great thing. After weeks of contemplating what you believe in and how to make it work on a practical level, Uranus may give you the eureka moment you’ve been looking for. When this shift happens, you could realize that you want more than just the usual fame, fortune, and security. Instead, maybe you want your name and your work to mean something significant to society at large. How do you want to be remembered in the annals of history, Leo? Leave being ordinary behind and take a risk with your reputation especially if you feel that it would be to the benefit of those around you.
If there’s been a nagging sensation to quit your job, you may find that it increases substantially with Uranus shaking the table. Remember that this is a test drive for six months, so don’t up and quit right this moment. Rather, try to get your ducks in a row with an exit strategy to move onto something that fulfills your need to be innovative. Unsurprisingly, such big shifts will ruffle your closest partners’ feathers, too. Mars will be poking around your house of partnership, causing a few flare-ups within your relationships. Not everyone will be on board with your sweeping changes, Leo, especially if it means a lifestyle change for them, but that’s part and parcel of being a revolutionary. If you lead with your heart and do good unto others, you can’t go wrong.
August 23 to September 22
You may want to find a few Jupiterian friends (of the Sagittarius and Pisces variety) to help you through your upcoming Uranus journey, Virgo, because it’s all about the big picture. The new moon followed by Uranus’s arrival in your house of belief and philosophy on the 15th will have you questioning what it all means and what is your role to play on Earth. Riveting, I know — more like annoying for a practical, detail- and fact-oriented sign like yours. However, there is something here for you. Your challenge is to be willing to build (and maybe destroy) various beliefs until you find one that you can function within.
Perspective shifts like this could lead you to pursue brand new hobbies, spiritual practices, or travel in order to discover the “truth.” On a practical level, you get to decide how this exploration reorganizes your everyday life and whether or not you will use what you’ve learned to give back through your creative work. Mars will lend you a hand by reminding you that what you do and how you act is a direct representation of you, so whatever truth you take on, be sure you can give it your stamp of approval before presenting it to the world at large.
September 23 to October 22
Ready for an emotional adventure, Libra? Uranus is about to go through your house of passion, the occult, and humanity’s darker emotions. Don’t run for cover just yet — this could be a lot of fun if you look at it from a certain perspective. As a sign that orients itself around being in partnership with others, the change and insight that accompany this transit could provide you with a nearly psychic understanding of why people do the things they do and why you do the same. For you, Libra, it’s about understanding that the balance you seek is based on opposing forces: light and dark, life and death, the “good” and the “bad.” Uranus may encourage you to break free of the constraints that have stopped you from exploring in the dark. It’s in the dark that great wisdom is found.
With all that being said, try to have fun with your exploration. Mars will encourage you to be more active in your creative endeavors and romances, but maybe use some of this explosive energy to unlock your creative potential. FYI: This would be a great time to get into “occult” studies like tarot, astrology, or deep psychology as they can help you decipher what you’re learning.
October 23 to November 21
“What is love? / Baby, don’t hurt me no more.” That doesn’t have to be your new theme song, Scorpio, but it may feel appropriate when Uranus enters your house of partnership on the 15th. Uranus is the planet of sudden beginnings and endings, so if your relationships with others suddenly become a bit unstable, know that Uranus is simply doing his work. The point is to get you to think about your relationships in a new way. Are you clinging to monogamy because it’s what you know, but not necessarily what you need? Do you believe that there’s only one way to partner with other people whether romantically, in business, or with your friends?
Your end game is intimacy, so know that there are many ways to get close to others that you have yet to explore. Try not to hold so tightly to what your relationships look like on the surface and pay attention to what you’re feeling and creating with your partners. If it’s shallow rubbish, feel free to get rid of it. If there’s something more to it, keep working on it, even if it looks weird to everyone else around you. Mars hanging out in your house of familial roots may urge you to figure out what patterns from your childhood are not in harmony with the relationships you’re seeking to build now. Feel free to blow off some steam if you encounter any conflicts. When the air clears, you may find the secret to making your partnerships work for you.
November 22 to December 21
Mind over matter, Sagittarius — that’s the name of the game when Uranus gets into the mix on the 15th. Let’s confirm what we already know: You’re talented, qualified, and hardworking. Your challenge is to get yourself to believe those things (and flaunt your strengths). Part of the reason why you flit from place to place and have trouble settling down is because, deep down, you might be afraid that nothing will work out for you if you stay. Time to change that pattern, Archer. Train your mind to see that everything you’re can control in your external life is a direct manifestation of your inner world. Uranus will help shake out the cobwebs of your routine so that you can begin to confidently create a world that you actually love. You know how to do this. You’ve been doing the heavy lifting, taking your rejections and hard knocks as necessary. Now settle into believing in yourself and creating routines that support that notion. That means giving yourself enough time to do things, maybe going to bed on time, eating three full meals a day, exercising, having down time for yourself, the whole shebang. Your inner world creates the outer world, and you definitely want a healthy version of both.
The catch will be with Mars kicking up a fuss, making you overthink and over-analyze everything you decide (or at least plan) to do. Don’t get lost in the details. Think about your choice, do a little research on it, trust it, and then make it. Rinse, repeat, adjust, then try again. You are a magician, Sag. Give yourself a chance to make magic happen.
December 22 to January 19
Time to put the idea that Sea Goats aren’t any fun to rest. You are, Cap — you’ve just always chose to pursue your fun with such seriousness that it turns into your career or money making venture. Normally, that’s fine, but Uranus entering your house of creativity and romance on the 15th will push you to live a little. Express yourself just for the hell of it, because it’s fun. Fall in love then fall out of love with the same person. Dig into your imagination and create just for the sake of it. These exercises will fuel your self-esteem and identity.
Who are you when you’re not working toward a goal? What do you do when there are no deadlines, places to be, or people to see? If there was no proverbial mountain to climb, what on Earth would you do with yourself? Whatever your answer is, do it and do it from you heart. Yes, you’ll be at risk for inner conflict, especially if your idea of a good time rubs up against your need for security and a steady paycheck. Sit with the friction, let it fuel you further, because you’ll ultimately find a way to harness the discord. Knowing your luck, your way of having fun will somehow find a way to bolster your bottom line once you decide to act on making it so. Until then, just enjoy the ride, Capricorn.
January 20 to February 18
You’ve always stood out, Water Bearer, but now it’s truly time to step out on your own. Uranus, your ruling planet, is entering your house of home and family. This influence can manifest in a few ways. You may physically move from your home, to a new place that suits your needs better. Or, on a deeper level, you may decide that the domestic and familial roots you’ve laid don’t fit you anymore. T
he physical move may be the easier of the two outcomes, but realizing that you’ve changed isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It could just mean that you need to search for a family unit that resonates with your particular blend of unique. With Mars entering your sign and staying there for a while, you get to be yourself in all of your unusual, original glory. That said, pay attention to how your personality clashes with who you were raised to be. Toss what no longer fits and figure out a way to synthesize the rest into a story that feel authentic to you and the new family unit you’re creating for yourself. Your tribe is out there, Aquarius, you’ll find them.
February 19 to March 20
This month, you’ll discover that the world is very different, Pisces — or at least you’ll start perceiving it differently. Uranus entering your house of mind will have you feeling even more intuitive than usual, with sudden insights popping into your head without knowing where they came from. Don’t worry about it, just trust and be open to the changes your mind is undergoing.
This kind of energy could put you ahead of the game if you allow it to, especially with Mars entering your unconscious mind. You’re no stranger to the knowledge of the unknown, but it’s still powerful energy. Be sure to take mental breaks when you can, just to clear your mental hard drive. With so much information to process on two very different levels (the unseen world and the material realm), it’ll be easy to overload. You can trust what you see, hear, and feel — the trick is to get them to function together and not as warring factions in your psyche. Listen, Pisces, if Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen can come together to further their goals, then so can you.