Forecast for May 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

A gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter travels back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter will trine Pluto, oppose Chiron and square Saturn.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Mars and Mercury are retrograde at the same time—yikes! We’re used to Mercury retrograde—that happens 3 times a year, so it’s no big deal. But Mars only goes retrograde about once every 2 years, and it spends more time moving backwards, so that’s a bigger deal. This year Mars is retrograde from April 17 to June 29—a good 10 and a half weeks—plenty of time to explore and understand how best to respond to this transit. This year that just happens to overlap entirely with a Mercury retrograde period, so voila! Double whammy.

I could say, “Just don’t even get in your car and try to drive during this double retrograde,” but that would be fear-mongering. But do I think you should be more careful, less impulsive, more thoughtful and considered in your actions? Absolutely. And while Mars is retrograde watch for my posts drawing on the space fairy tale of Star Wars to explore The Hero’s Loss of Innocence and the Encounter With Evil.

Jupiter turns direct on May 9th, so if you are having a Jupiter transit this year, you’ll find it deepening now. This applies strongly to people born on September 5 to 16, December 4 to 16, March 3-14 and June 3-14. Jupiter demands that you expand and grow and while in Virgo, Jupiter has been asking you to become more organized. Now that Jupiter is getting ready to slide into home plate and finish his trip through Virgo, it’s time to finally show that you’ve grown to be more meticulous, hard-working and service-oriented. What new practices, habits and routines have you put into place and how will you maintain them once Jupiter moves on?

This Month’s Free Teleclass: Saturn in Taurus

Got Saturn in Taurus in your natal chart? Your path to success is a slow one because you are building excellence one step at a time and consolidating your skills as you go. Don’t worry about being the slow tortoise because those fast-moving hares in your path will lose interest long before you do. And when you arrive at the finish line, you’ll know you earned each and every success. What scares Saturn in Taurus people the most? Grinding poverty. Their goal? Financial independence for oneself and loved ones.

More about Saturn in Taurus here.

Find out if you have Saturn in Taurus by looking here. (If your Saturn is not in Taurus, this page will tell you where it is.)

Register for a free teleclass all about YOUR Saturn sign.

Mercury Watch

Mercury turned retrograde (backwards) in late April, so May begins with things in disarray.  When Mercury is retrograde, it’s important to move slowly, lower your expectations and add an extra dose of patience to all your task-management. Also respond with warmth and openness to those who may need to clear a miscommunication with you. Remember, you’re not the only one who’s brain isn’t up to speed right now!  Check out this for a bigger understanding of how Mercury Retrograde works and what you can do about it: This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades. Mercury turns direct (forwards) on May 22. Whew!


During the month of Taurus, the Sun slowly warms up the northern hemisphere, gently causing flowers to blossom and open in a rich profusion of color and scent.  Ripening and abundance are the hallmarks of this Fixed Earth sign.

People who exemplify Taurus are practical, sensual and consistent.  The very epitome of slowness and solidity, Taurus values peace and sustainability.  While the Sun travels through this sign, relax and take it slowly.  Do things one small part at a time.  All will get done as you do it slowly and deliberately, allowing yourself to sink into the wide landscape of your life.  For hedonistic Taurus, paradoxically, smelling the roses and enjoying the sunset can make one more efficient, not less.  The Sun will be in Taurus until May 20.

Spring finishes with the “month” of Gemini (May 20-June 20).  Nature shows her profligacy as flowers bloom madly and grasses grow.  Gemini is a Mutable Air sign.  Mutable means “flexible” and “Air” means “concerned with the mind.”  Gemini types live in their heads, flitting from one thought to another like a late-spring butterfly.  They are in fact so flexible that it’s hard for them to focus—to keep their attention on just one thing can seem like torment.  The Gemini in us likes to multitask, just to help us concentrate.  Enjoy chasing your own mental butterflies during this lively and stimulating month.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon in 16º Taurus:  Friday, May 6, 2016

May’s New Moon in Taurus incorporates a lot of planetary activity: a quincunx to Saturn, helpful trines to Pluto and Jupiter and Mercury conjunct the Moon and retrograde, no less! Saturn may make the Inner Judge’s voice louder than usual, but Pluto and Jupiter bring such buoyancy and trust that under this Moon you can be confident that things you’ve begun under this Moon will work out. The retrograde Mercury reminds you to slow down and communicate clearly, so as to smooth the path forward.

Full Moon in 1º Sagittarius Saturday, May 21, 2016

This is a bristly, somewhat aggro Full Moon in opinionated Sagittarius and conjunct a retrograde Mars. It may lead to a zealous, even bombastic mood, and it comes just before Mercury goes direct, so continuing to communicate slowly and clearly may bring solutions instead of more problems. In other words, if they haven’t heard you, try not to shout them down. Perhaps they did hear you and they simply don’t agree. A square to Venus, stubbornly placed in very late Taurus is not likely to help. Stay out of arguments until more peaceful conditions prevail, later in the month.

May’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Corn Planting Moon.

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Sun sextiles Neptune: What gives you a sense of awe? Is it reading journals, meditating, or travelling to beautiful places in nature?

Sun trines Jupiter: Enjoy the confidence boost you can get from this aspect. Put your self doubt aside for the time being.

New Moon in Taurus: Plant a seed today and watch it grow! With Jupiter trining, the soil is fertile for bearing rich fruit.

Sun trines Pluto: How do your ambitions align with who you are? This is the time to work on a more powerful version of yourself.

Jupiter goes direct: The introspection period you’ve been in since January is over. Get ready to grow faster now, through autumn.

Venus sextiles Neptune: Inspiration strikes! Enjoy whatever creative endeavor you wish to pursue. Paint, draw, write, cook, or make crafts.

Sun conjuncts Mercury: It’s Epiphany Day! The insights you have today could lead to the solution you’ve been looking for.

Venus trines Jupiter: Feeling extra generous lately? You may feel the urge to share with others in a spirit of magnanimity.

Mercury trines Pluto: Be honest with yourself—you could make a lot of valuable insights into to your character.

Mercury conjuncts Venus: You are communicating with others in a diplomatic manner. Today it’s easy to take the other’s views into account.

Venus trines Pluto: Are you ready to be vulnerable to someone you love? This is a good time to be as honest with someone as understanding.

Sun sextiles Chiron: Does your ego need mending? Just because you have felt inadequate in the past, doesn’t mean you can’t grow past it.

Venus sextiles Chiron: Everyone has been hurt in the past. But you can always mend heartache by being unafraid to love again.

Sun enters Gemini: You are naturally more communicative today. If the phone starts ringing off the hook and emails abound, you’ll know why.

Venus sextiles Chiron: Loving the wounded can be appealing. We all need healing on some level. If you are unattached, start with self-love.

Full Moon in Sagittarius: Be careful of being overly zealous when it comes to your philosophies. Others don’t always feel the same.

Sun opposes Mars: You may be quick to act brash and impulsive lately. Remember to take deep breaths and count to ten before acting.

Mercury goes direct: The doors of communication swing wide open. Use this energy to start a new journal, blog or newsletter.

Venus enters Gemini: Smart is sexy! You’ll need a good conversationalist to hold you interest. Maybe plan a date around Trivia Night.

Venus opposes Mars: Passions are running high in your relationships! The person who you love the most can also drive you the craziest!

Jupiter squares Saturn: Maybe everything you’ve believed has taken a real blow lately. You may be questioning some of your assumptions.

Moving retrograde, Mars re-enters Scorpio: Use your obsessive focus to get a lot accomplished. But be careful of getting too myopic with your passion…

Mercury trines Pluto: What would you like to dig deeper and learn more about? With a focused mind you can learn to be an expert.

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