May kicks off with some anxiety-triggering transitions. The new moon on May 4 might bring big revelations and big growth, or it can just bring you big mistakes. The key is to not rush yourself so you don’t create more problems than you solve.
On May 15 transitions soften, making it a good time to receive and give attention to the parts of your life that have been needing it. By the time the explosive Blue Moon in Scorpio passes on May 18, you may be feeling either drained or utterly inspired. For best results, seek balance between what needs to get done and what you need to feel right with yourself, my loves.
This isn’t the time to be spinning your wheels, Aries. If you find yourself fixated on what you hope doesn’t happen, do your utmost to flip the script; your thinking is one of the few things that you can actually control, so even if it’s really hard, that’s a good place to start. It’s time to pour your energy into your dreams and passions. Act in ways that reflect who you want to be, even if this month your situation isn’t what you wish it was.
Look at the role of abundance and success in your life, Taurus. Do you shrink away from too much attention? Do you find that your desire for attention corrupts your integrity? Or perhaps you avoid expanding to your fullest potential because you’re too attached to a life of struggle? Unpack your limiting beliefs so you can finally put them away. You have so much potential; it would be such a shame to waste it because of fear, or worse, habit.
You are both strong and wise, but it’s up to you to resources those things, Twin Star. This isn’t the time to let your past define you; you have grown, and only time will tell what you’re capable of. Don’t do things as you’ve done them before — forge a new path, instead. You can sort through old hurts and disappointments forever, but to what end? Trust yourself enough to put yourself out there in new ways this month.
People love to talk about balance, but how can you achieve it in a topsy-turvy world? The key is not to seek stability before you know if you’re in the right situation. Allow space for uncertainty and even a little chaos in your life this month as you determine what can be cut back and what you need to bring to the next level. How you do what you do is as important as the tasks, Moonchild.
Be brave instead of quick, and honest instead of prideful. When you change, you inevitably put into motion at least some unintended circumstances, no matter how wonderful your changes are. Sometimes the consequences are a beautiful thing, and sometimes, not so much. The key is to act in ways that are in integrity with your values so that regardless of what others say or do, you’re OK. Work to keep your side of the road clean this month, Leo.
Determining and then asserting boundaries are both meaningful and important steps in your self-care, but maintaining them is where the real work is. Don’t wait for others to do manage your needs and limits for you, Virgo. Take responsibility for what you’re consenting to and what you’re indulging, and do it without apology or defensiveness. It’s one thing to talk the talk; it’s your turn to walk the walk, this month.
You may have to fake it till you make it at work, but you shouldn’t have to with your loved ones. If you’ve been overextended lately it’s time for you to slow down, collect yourself, and ask for some help. There’s no shame in knowing your limits and trying to work within them, Libra. You may need a little perspective so that you can more effectively streamline your efforts; don’t shy away from asking for reinforcements this month.
You don’t need to convince anyone of your position, or to change them; you only need to believe people when they show you who they are. Be honest in your relationships and leave room for others do the same, Scorpio. If what you find doesn’t work for you, it’s your job to decide what to do. This month, carefully consider the difference between healthy compromise and settling.
When you’re feeling most anxious and impatient is not the time for answers, Sagittarius. Rein in your desire to get to a place of certainty when you’re anxious, and trade it in for a desire to get right with yourself, first and foremost. This spring is the time for you to explore, not to make final decisions. Don’t be so scared of getting stuck that you grab at the lowest hanging fruit, instead of the juiciest fruit on the vine.
Achieving your goals takes time and patience as much as it takes skill and luck. It’s time for you to hang back and see how things play out, Capricorn. If you try to push matters before you’re really ready, you’re likely to drop the ball or miss out on something that would really help you along. Quiet gestation is a powerful stage of development; don’t allow your FOMO to tell you otherwise.
Don’t be so worried about doing the “right thing” that you stop investigating the truth of a thing for you, in your situation as it stands now. It’s time to shake things up in efforts to make them better suited to your life, Aquarius. You’re moving through some old emotional patterns now, and the point of it all is to heal them so that you can achieve more freedom and creativity. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to life; find your truth and act from that place.
Don’t waste your time living in the past and lamenting what can’t be changed, Pisces. Your past is behind you, and no matter how inevitable repeating it seems, your future is still unchartered territory. It’s time to release your attachments to what was, and start noting what is, my love. All you have is the present, and you deserve the peace that can only come from living in it.
May 2018 Horoscopes
It’s important to weigh out the value of your desires against their expense this month. All actions have their consequences, and everything comes with a price.
The full moon in Sagittarius on May 29marks a time when you can confront the truth and let go of what no longer serves you; do your best to identify what needs tono shame in changing your mind or shifting course; just make sure that you’re acting with integrity.
AriesMarch 21 to April 19
Don’t get so caught up in opportunity that you stop thinking about what’s good for you. There are great opportunities, and then there are things that are only good in theory. Be brave enough to go your own way, even if others think you’re off it. At the end of the day if you’re not true to yourself, you’re unlikely to be happy. Instead of adjusting yourself to reflect the world around you, make choices and revisions that reflect you. It’s time to make some noise, Aries.
TaurusApril 20 to May 20
It’s like you’re standing on shifting sand and need to find your center so that you don’t fall. There’s an explosive new moon in your sign, and Uranus moves into Taurus too on the may 15. It’d be a shame to miss out on this potently creative shift by trying to keep things the same. The only way to grow is to be willing to outgrow things. In the wise words of Angela Benton, “The woman you are becoming will cost you people, spaces, and material things. Chose her over everything.”
GeminiMay 21 to June 21
All great progress starts within; this month will trigger some uncomfortable introspection as you receive mixed messages from the universe. If you find that you’re having totally unexpected feels about people and situations, you’re right on time, Twin Star. Don’t allow your attachment to the way things have been get in the way of you glowing up. As of May 20,it’s your time to shine; point your light in the right direction, my love.
CancerJune 22 to July 22
Wholeness is not the same as ease. If you’re willing to tolerate the messiness of your feelings without trying to fix or repress them, you can more easily get to the true root of them. This month you’re on call to embrace authenticity, Moonchild. This isn’t about attaining any particular achievement or feeling any kind of way. It’s about being able to stay present with what’s real, even when you’re uncomfortable with it. Growth isn’t a linear process; just be here now, sweet one.
LeoJuly 23 to Aug. 22
As the world around you changes, so must you, Leo. This month is about exploration and process—not answers and stability. Instead of recoiling from change or upsets, ask yourself what you can learn from them. As frustrating as it may be to experience blocks and obstacles, it’s better that you go slow than go in the wrong direction altogether. Grow from the inside out; adjusting your outsides alone won’t create the life you want to be living.
VirgoAug. 23 to Sept. 22
Collaboration is a tricky enterprise. It require that all parties are clear, share values, and stay on the same page. If your strategy for cooperating is to either push others to yield to your will or to give in to what they want without asserting yourself, you’re not fully showing up, Virgo. It’s time to take stock of how honest you’re really being with the people you’re working with. Make adjustments before you need to this month.
LibraSept. 23 to Oct. 22
If you can allow your success to develop in stages, you’ll find that you’re exactly where you need to be right now. Being on the right path doesn’t mean that everything goes your way all the time; it means that the issues that you’re confronted with are exactly what you need in order to grow to the next level. Don’t compare your progress to other people’s or even to where you want to be in the future. Make the most of what’s happening now, Libra.
ScorpioOct. 23 to Nov. 21
The past is funny; you can use your experiences as either a powerful teacher or as a crutch. How you got here is relevant, but it’s only one part of the story. It’s time to get present with where you’re at and what is needed at this time. Only if you accept your situation can you use that info to move upwards and onwards. Don’t relive the past by convincing yourself that you’re locked into repeating it, Scorpio.
SagittariusNov. 22 to Dec. 21
Feeling chaotic is the worst because of how it feels, of course, but also because the only way out is in. You can try to evade your unpleasant feels all you want, but it won’t help you, sweet Sagittarius. Work on sitting with your feelings long enough to determine what’s going on for you underneath the surface. This month may confront you with uncomfortable content, but it’s not to be avoided. The best way to show up for your life is by being present.
CapricornDec. 22 to Jan. 19
It’s no secret: You can get super fixated on things, and if what you want doesn’t work out, it can send you into a tailspin. There’s not just one place to be, one question to answer, one mountain to climb, or only one chance to thrive. Don’t attach so much meaning to any one opportunity that you lose track of who you are or the big picture of what you wish to achieve. Be open to the unexpected this month, Cappy mon Capitan.
AquariusJan. 20 to Feb. 18
This isn’t the time to seek answers; it’s time to seek options, Aquarius. Things are changing quickly, and if you can be open to what you’re shown, you’ll be rewarded with chances you didn’t see coming this month. The key is to keep an inquisitive mind when you’re confronted by situations that you have fixed ideas about, especially around the middle of the month. Upsets are a normal part of any meaningful expansion, my love.
PiscesFeb. 19 to March 20
Engaging with reality is a skill for the best of us. If you take it too seriously, it can be crushing. Don’t take it seriously enough, and it’ll bite you in your backside. This month it’s important that you weigh out the evidence that you’ve been shown against your version of the story, Pisces. It’s time to parse through the confusion and find your center of strength. Move beyond fear this month.
Jessica Lanyadoo is an internationally-respected astrologer and psychic medium based in San Francisco.
Words: Jessica LanyadooArt: Gabbie Bautista
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