In many ways, this is a month of two halves, with the most significant shifts of the month all happening within a four day period from 17th May to 21st May. Until then Jupiter has reached the final weeks of a 12 month visit to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery and while he will not only leave on 17th May but will join the Sun and Mercury in your career sector, the spirit of adventure won’t go completely off the boil. Instead, as she has done year after year and decade after decade the dwarf planet Eris, the warrior princess of the cosmos will continue to fuel a passion for adventure as she has done since her return in 1926. The difference is that here for the next three decades, Eris is a background player and has only been brought to the forefront because Jupiter is here. When he leaves, she will stay on and the spirit of adventure will always be there to tap into but won’t be at the forefront as it is now. With Jupiter beginning your biggest year for professional growth and expansion in over a decade on 17th May, this is something that can be banked in the early part of the month to ensure life doesn’t become all work and no play. In the meantime, Jupiter will return just four days before the Sun leaves your career sector on 21st May, taking advantage of the solar spotlight already being on your professional game. However, it is not just the Sun’s departure from your career sector and return to your friendship sector on 21st May that brings you to the end of a game changing four days, for he is not the only one on the move that day. It is also on 21st May that Mars will return to Leo, with the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos not only returning to your sign for the first time in two years but to begin a new two year Mars cycle, that is all about new projects, journeys and quests. More significantly Mars will be here when Venus returns to Leo early next month to begin her longest visit to your sign in your lifetime, giving your heart a powerful say in the direction that Mars will take things.
Pluto only returned to your relationship sector in March, but as you move into the new month the planet of change and revolution has already come to a standstill and on 2nd May will turn retrograde. This is something that will see Pluto make a U turn and less than six weeks after returning, turn around and start heading back out again. Pluto won’t leave until next month, so will spend the whole of May here, giving you a chance to get a feel for his influence and especially when it comes to a quest to break free from old patterns. In retrograde motion this will make those patterns more transparent but returning again in January and set to make your relationship sector his home for the next 20 years, this is the early stage of a very long journey. Pluto will be in retrograde motion by the time the Moon moves through your relationship sector from 11th May to 13th May, with a chance to check in and become more emotionally engaged. Until returning in March the last time Pluto was in your relationship sector was in 1798, so this is a new experience and because it will play out over two decades, this early phase is more about breaking free from Saturn’s tight hold on things. What is significant is the timing of the first of two visits to your communication sector that the Moon will make this month. The Moon will move through your communication sector from 2nd May to 5th May, forming a friendly aspect to Pluto just as it returns and just as he is turning retrograde. The Moon returns with a chance to give your emotional responses, relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice from the start. The Moon will also help to bring a bit of romance into the month and in the absence of any planetary activity, its return to your romantic sector from 7th May to 9th May will make these the most romantically charged days of the month. What is significant about this is that with Venus, the planet of love returning to a nostalgic part of your chart on 8th May and while the Moon is here, this will come with a lot of romantic nostalgia just as the relationship focus has shifted to the past as well.
While there are no big changes on either side of the financial fence this month, both are in a good and settled position, with a lot of support there is reason for confidence but little urgency. While Saturn won’t return retrograde in your financial sector until next month he is already slowing down and as he enters his second full month of a three year journey he is buoyed by the support since his return. This is helping to build your confidence and with Saturn drawing closer to Neptune, planet of dreams until they both leave in early 2026, this is the early stage of a coming together of the resolve to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes in order to turn financial dreams into reality while keeping your feet on the ground. The Moon will make its monthly visit to your financial sector from 13th May to 15th May. As it moves through the Moon will fuel your financial instincts and imagination while giving you a chance to become more emotionally engaged. The Moon’s alignment with Saturn when it returns and another with Neptune before it leaves, will give you a better read on their influence. Meanwhile, while only a minor player the dwarf planet Ceres’ last full month in your income sector is giving you a better sense of your income needs and priorities and with perfect timing. Ceres returned late last year to begin her first deep dive into your income needs and priorities in four years and while she left just before Christmas, less than three months later she retrograded back in for a double dip visit. Ceres will turn direct on 7th May and begin the trek back out again, but with the Sun in your career sector until 21st May and Jupiter returning to begin your biggest year for professional growth and expansion in over a decade on 17th May, the timing couldn’t be better. The Moon will start the month in your income sector, sharpening your nose for money and acting as a trigger before leaving on 2nd May, only to return and do it all again from 27th May to 30th May.