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This is anything but an ordinary month, with so much change in the air that the whole dynamics of the year itself are about to shift. The stars have conveniently packaged this into a seven day period, from the 14th May to the 21st May, when most of the change will take place. 

With the Sun, Mercury and Venus all moving through all 12 areas of the chart in 12 months, there is always going to be at least some change each month. The Sun will always change signs three weeks into every month, but with Mercury in Aries since early March, he didn’t change signs at all last month. Venus is travelling especially fast at the moment, so we can expect her to change sign at least once a month. Yet what we have this month is more than just the Sun, Mercury and Venus changing sign.

The month starts with Venus already in Gemini and having returned a month before the Sun, she’ll leave before he can return. Yet even Venus will be part of this incredible seven day period when everything starts to change. The easiest way to explain the massive shifts this month is to walk you through this seven day period, one day at a time.

It starts with the Moon and Mercury on Monday, the 14th May. Within the space of just a few hours, first Mercury will finally leave Aries where he has been for over two months and return to Aries, with the Moon doing the same just a few hours later. With the Sun already in Taurus, this sets the scene for a New Moon here a day later, on the 15th May. Falling during Mercury’s first full day, as the Sun and Moon come together to create a Full Moon in Taurus, he’ll be there with his intellectually savvy edge.

So far this is all very ordinary, with the fact that the Moon and Mercury both leave Aries and return to Taurus within hours of each other, nothing more than a coincidence and an advantage. In the lead up to a New Moon the following day, this is a chance to bring Mercury’s intellectually savvy edge and the Moon’s intuitive edge together. This is a New Moon that will fall at this time every year and always at some point during the Sun’s month long visit. Yet as with all New Moons, this is a chance for new opportunities and beginnings.

So that’s what is happening on the 14th May and the 15th May, but what happens on the 16th May completely blows everything out of the water. In the same way that the Moon and Mercury both left Aries and returned to Taurus on the 14th May, ahead of the New Moon on the 15th May, on the 16th May Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected takes that same step.

In Aries since 2010, Uranus has been a constant force in the Aries ruled area of your chart for the past eight years and this is a game changer. It is not just that Uranus, the planet that draws us towards our personal truth is changing mandate, but what this does is change the dynamics in the solar system, in terms of the relationship between the outer planets. Uranus is an outer planet and it is the relationship between the outer planets that creates the general environment and for several years now, he has been at odd angles to Pluto, in Capricorn.

While the exact Pluto/Uranus squares of recent years are over, while they remained in Aries and Capricorn they were not on good terms. Uranus’ return to Taurus where he’ll stay, apart from a few months later in the year until 2026, is a game changer. Taurus and Capricorn are both Earth ruled Signs and after years of Pluto/Uranus squares, we’re moving into a positive trine aspect between the two. With Saturn in Capricorn until December 2020 and Pluto in Capricorn until 2024, this puts the planets that really can rain on our parade if they want to, at a friendly aspect.

Apart from when Pluto and Uranus were both in Virgo in the 1960s, the last time that Pluto and Uranus were on friendly terms with each other was between 1920 and 1928, when Pluto was in Cancer and Uranus in fellow Water sign Pisces. Before Pluto returned to Capricorn in 2008 he was in Sagittarius and Uranus in Pisces from 2003 to 2010. This put them at the same square aspect again, in reality since 2008. That is 10 years of tension between Uranus and Pluto, the planets that create the general atmosphere that everyone on the globe is experiencing, year after year.

This makes Uranus’ return to Taurus on the 16th May a game changer in every possible aspect, not just because this shifts his considerable influence from where it has been for the last eight years to where it will be for the next eight years, but the shift in dynamics across the solar system. The faster moving planets move into and out of aspects with each other through the year, so is not long enough to change things too radically. Uranus is a different story.

Uranus’ departure from Aries and return to Taurus on the 16th May is not the only shift that day, with Mars wrapping up a seven week visit to Capricorn and returning to Aquarius. However, things are not as clear cut as they seem. This should start a six week visit to Aquarius, the first the warrior planet of the cosmos has made since 2016. Instead, Mars will return on the 16th May and instead of leaving on the 27th June, will instead turn retrograde. Mars will eventually leave Aquarius on the 13th August, but by retrograding back into Capricorn, where he will make a double dip visit. By the time Mars eventually leaves Capricorn, for the second time and returns to Aquarius on the 11th September, there will be a lot of history on both fronts. Mars won’t eventually leave Aquarius until the 16th November, exactly six months after returning on the 16th May.

There are no planetary shifts on the 17th, 18th and 19th May and just as well, for this gives us a chance to adjust to the major shifts just days earlier. It is on the 20th May that Venus will leave Gemini and return to Cancer, over a month ahead of the Sun. It is a day later that the Sun will leave Taurus and return to Gemini, stepping in the seat that will still be warm after Venus’ departure a day earlier.

This will wrap up an incredible seven day period, where all the planetary shifts that will take place this month play out and with it, changing the whole dynamics of the year itself. However, this is not all that is happening this month.

Neptune, planet of dreams and fantasies is in his happy place, as he spends his first full month on his own since returning to Pisces in 2012. By the time Neptune returned Chiron, planet of healing had already been here for two years, with his focus on healing and constantly dealing with old ghosts making it hard to focus on Neptune’s dreams. That changed with Chiron’s departure last month and with Juno, making her first visit to Pisces in four years having left on the 28th April, Neptune moves into the new month flying solo for the first time since returning and therefore, for the first time in Pisces in our lifetime. Finally, the planet of dreams is able to reveal what he’s made of and after six years, there is finally a chance to chase your dreams, in the Pisces ruled area of our chart.

With support from Jupiter in fellow Water sign Scorpio, this is good news for both. A Full Moon in Scorpio in the closing hours of April is still in play as we move into the new month, with the Moon not leaving until the 2nd May. Neptune and Jupiter are moving closer to a positive trine alignment, something that will grow stronger all month, before becoming exact from the 20th May to the 28th May. What makes the timing so auspicious is that Venus returns to fellow Water sign Cancer on the 20th May, during that game changing seven day period. This will see Venus, Neptune and Jupiter, the three most benefic planets in the solar system, come together during the final 11 days of the month, something that will spill into June.

It is in the closing days of the month that we find this month’s Full Moon, which falls in Sagittarius on the 30th May. Sagittarius is an exciting Sign and at a friendly aspect to the remaining planets in Fire sign Aries and to the North Node and Ceres in fellow Fire sign Leo. An exciting Full Moon is the perfect way to wrap up what is an exciting and game changing month.

All the very best for the coming month and the exciting period of change we are moving into. Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you all the information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details.

All the very best for the coming month.

Anne Macnaughtan

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