The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and it's time to tap into your pleasure. The most recent astrological shake-up will have you feeling, to quote Taurus queen Lizzo, "Good as hell!" But then comes eclipse season, which is sure to stir up some ~feelings~, as well as bring some much-needed clarity after a few weeks of planetary shifts.
Mark your cal for a couple of key dates to remember this month, says Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology based in Atlanta. Venus and Jupiter are on the move early this month and, by the 10th, both of these powerhouse planets land in fiery Aries. Reminder: Venus is all about love, and Jupiter is about expansion. This celestial combination means the collective is likely to feel ready to go after what we want—it is double fire sign energy, after all. Is there a promotion you’ve been dreaming of? Talk to your boss. A flirtation you’re hoping will lead to more? Well, it’s time to make a move, because power is in the air! May is all about embracing life and really getting down to what you want and need.
Oh, and Mercury is going retrograde in Gemini on the 10th as well. Before you plan to lock yourself inside that day, this powerful energy can be used for good, promise! You know when you have a million ideas, but aren’t sure which to tackle first? Well, you can expect that feeling to come roaring back during this Mercury retrograde. This is a great time to write down all of those ideas, because you may just get your best inspiration yet. (If you don’t lose it in the flurry of home improvement, self-love, and career hacks going on in your brain, that is.)
On the 16th, the full moon in Scorpio happens alongside a lunar eclipse (dun dun dunnnnn). Expect this to be a super sexy and passionate moon (it is Scorpio, after all) with a little extra punch because of the eclipse. It’s time to pick up those ideas you wrote down during Mercury retrograde, and get to business!
A few days later, the sun moves into fun-loving Gemini on the 20th, so everyone can take a deep breath. But not for too long—with all this air sign energy floating around, you’ll want to get moving! Travel, play, and nights out with friends are *essential* during this time. Connect with your people and enjoy every moment, because Gemini season is the time for your inner social butterfly to shine.
May ends with a new moon in Gemini over Memorial Day weekend that will basically encourage you to double down on the desire for a fun-loving life full of passion. So, what does all this mean for your zodiac sign? Ahead, Page breaks down everything the stars have in store for you this month:
You are coming into a very fortuitous time, Aries. With Venus moving into your sign on the 2nd, you’ll be feeling fab in all of the little and big ways. You may find yourself walking into a random boutique and stumbling upon *exactly* the dress you’ve been looking for, or that bathing suit you found on your Instagram ads actually fits perfectly when it arrives in the mail. Expect blessings all around as Venus dances through your sign this month.
When Jupiter enters Aries on the 10th, you’ll really be feelin' yourself. It’s like the cherry on top of the astrological sundae. On the 16th, when the full moon and lunar eclipse happen, don't be surprised if you've suddenly got a strong desire to be intimate. (Yes, sex, but also more than that.) Open up and be vulnerable with those around you, Aries–it will definitely pay off!
Take the remainder of your season to really focus on your next moves, Taurus. This is the start of a new beginning for you, meaning it's time to nail down what you want that to be. Let’s be honest, you have a lot of different possibilities! So, take a sec to contemplate what really brings you happiness in life. Are you feeling fulfilled at your 9 to 5, or do you really dream of getting that jewelry-making project off the ground? If it’s the latter, now's the moment to make moves and guide yourself there. With Jupiter in Aries, you’ll get a blast of intuitive energy that will lead you in the right direction.
But it's not all day dreams and dandelion wishes... When the sun moves into Gemini on the 20th, you’ll be brought back to reality and examine your budget. The new moon in Gemini on the 30th only doubles up on that energy. So, break out the excel sheets and the bank statements, because it’s time to get your ish together!
Happy birthday, Gemini! Your season is coming, so expect tons of positive energy thrown your way. With Venus moving into compatible Aries, you’ll be feeling very friendly, so get out there and mingle. Maybe you say hi to that person you always run into at your favorite bagel place. It could be a best friendship waiting to happen!
You can also expect people you haven’t seen in a while to come back into your life—in your career, particularly. Perhaps there was an old colleague who is now working in the industry you love and wants to help you out. Keep an eye out for career-elevating opportunities!
The beginning of May will bring a heavy emphasis on your career, Cancer. You may find yourself focused on your legacy, and that’s not a bad thing. Check in with that list of goals you made in January, and ask yourself how you can show up differently to check off some of those boxes. If you're satisfied with your current gig, great! But if not, it's possible you’ll feel a real pull toward your creative side this month. Whether it’s finally showing off your photography at a local exhibit or bringing those beaded earrings you’ve been making in your downtime to a craft fair—take the plunge!
By the end of the month, you’ll be ready to clean house. That may mean literally emptying out your closets (spring cleaning is always a great idea) or just paying closer attention to those you keep in your inner circle. This way, you can sail into your birthday season light and free!
All the planets in Aries will have you feeling just peachy, Leo. (Fire energy abounds!) Venus is moving into the part of your chart that focuses on the Big Picture™, so break out your magazines and scissors because it’s time to make a vision board.
What would your life be like if your inner critic wasn’t so loud? This is what you need to answer this month. Your love of life is one of your best qualities, and it's time to let it shine. You’ll be standing firm in your power with Jupiter in Aries, so don’t be surprised if you get into some philosophical arguments (in a healthy way!). This is a time for re-examining values, so feel free to express yours and roar like the lion you are.
With Venus and Jupiter in Aries, as well as Mercury going retrograde in Gemini, your intimate life will be highlighted in a major way. This is a month for you to open up and ask for what you really want—both in the bedroom and the board room. Aries energy is about taking the risk, Virgo, so don’t be afraid to show your true colors to those around you.
When the sun moves into Gemini on the 20th, it highlights your house of reputation and career. What will your legacy be, Virgo? Take the time to journal, reflect, and really hone in on how you want to be known for. Finding a routine that works for you is essential for your future growth.
This is a relationship-heavy month for you, Libra. You’ll be feeling a desire to make deeper connections, especially with the expansive energy of Jupiter in Aries. You’ll be feeling more confident and secure in your partnerships...and I’m not just talking about your boo thang. This is about all your partnerships—business, romantic, and familial.
On the 10th, when Mercury goes retrograde, you’ll be feeling the urge to travel, but double check that all of your papers and passports are in order before heading out. There's nothing worse than arriving at the airport with an expired license or ticket for a different day, so pay extra attention when making these plans. Later, when the sun moves into Gemini on the 20th, you’ll begin feeling very lit up and introspective. It’s a harmonious time for your air sign energy—enjoy it!
The lunar eclipse in your sign will have you feeling super inspired this month, Scorpio. Fact: You can be a little bit obsessive, so use that to your advantage. What feels so all-consuming and fun that it barely counts as work? Focus on that this month, but don’t get so enthralled that you forget about your self-care.
If you’ve been finding your day-to-day routine a little boring lately, Venus is coming to infuse some joy and pleasure into your life. Go to that dance class that makes you feel great, or indulge in some chicken parm at your favorite Italian place. Embrace the good vibes coming your way this month, Scorpio!
It’s a great month to be a Sagittarius. Not only is your ruling sign Jupiter, but it's moving into Aries, a fellow fire sign. Translation: You’re going to hit the town and have lots of fun doing it. Tap into this light energy, you deserve to make the most of happy moments this month.
When the full moon and lunar eclipse in Scorpio happens, you may feel the desire to go within and retreat a little bit. Consider a hiking trip or an afternoon at the spa. After all the exciting energy at the beginning of May, you’ll be needing some R&R to recharge.
This is a big month for friendship, Capricorn, especially around the full moon. You’ll find yourself gathering with your besties, but stay alert for back-handed compliments and straight-up snide remarks. Now's the time for reevaluation. Who is adding to your life, and who is taking away from it? Ask yourself that question this month.
With Jupiter and Venus in Aries, your house of home and family will be highlighted. Call your parents or your siblings up for a good old-fashioned game night! It’s important to connect with those roots, especially during this time.
You may spend a lot of time wondering how people perceive you this month, Aquarius, and don’t be afraid to lean into that feeling. This is less about what people think about you and more about what you are known for in the grand scheme of things. Do you want to be known as the person with the shoulder to lean on? Well, then this is a great month to direct your energy that way.
In the same light, if you’ve been finding yourself complaining a lot to friends and family, perhaps take a look at that, too. Venus and Jupiter move into a part of your chart about communication, so be careful with your words this month. Your energy is powerful, so wield it wisely.
Jupiter moving into Aries means it’s all about the money, baby! This planet’s expansive energy is headed right to your bank account, Pisces, so be on the lookout for special opportunities this month. Venus will also be in your house of money, so make sure you don’t go crazy on the luxuries. That said, it’s okay to splurge a little here and there.
The full moon and lunar eclipse in Scorpio will have you feeling excellent, thanks to all that water sign energy. It lands in your house of beliefs and travel, so you can expect a few introspective days of journaling, analyzing, and having those tough conversations. You'll be all the better for it when June rolls around.