We look to astrology to provide hope and insight during difficult times. It has its limits; the best astrologers are the first to tell you that it’s not a science. If it were, then horoscopes would have predicted the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting effects on your personal and professional life. During this time, when self-care and social distancing are a priority, we won’t try to predict what will happen in your career or love life, because we’re all at the whim of a world beyond our control. However, we will continue to share astrology to help provide guidance and magic during this unprecedented time.
May is chock full of retrogrades. Saturn, Venus, and Jupiter all appear to move backward in the sky this month, and with this movement bring a plethora of both communication roadblocks and opportunities for spiritual growth. In particular, watch out for Venus retrograde starting on Tuesday, May 12. This planet rules love, beauty, and abundance, so communication within relationships may feel backlogged, as though you’re in an emotional gridlock. The way through is patience and empathy.
Despite the many retrogrades, there’s a big reason to celebrate this May when flirty Gemini season begins on Wednesday, May 20. Gemini is ruled by chatty Mercury, so even with social distancing, people will be looking to make connections. Get ready for virtual happy hours, cyber dates, and of course, plenty of selfie photoshoots. Even if the future is still uncertain for all of us, there’s nothing wrong with finding solace and comfort in astrology, beauty, or anything else you’re interested in, for that matter. Your May horoscopes use astrology to offer guidance and just one more way to help you take care of yourself, stay positive, and get through these difficult times.
The first week of May comes to a culmination with a full moon in intense Scorpio on Thursday, May 7. Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth and is all about transformation. Light a candle and meditate with the intention of letting go of old habits and stepping into the most sincere version of yourself. Scorpio is also notoriously sexual, so this is a wonderful night for self-care and masturbation or a virtual date.
Authoritative planet Saturn goes retrograde in community-oriented Aquarius on Sunday, May 10 through Tuesday, September 29. During this transit, we collectively rethink structures of power. Individually, we’re asked to examine our patterns and find new and modern ways of interacting with the world. It’s an extremely relevant retrograde, given our current political and economic status.
Everyone’s attention turns to their love life when Venus, planet of love, abundance, and beauty goes retrograde from Tuesday, May 12 to Wednesday, June 24. When Venus is retrograde, it can become more difficult to express love, and relationships may feel at a standstill.
Then, lucky planet Jupiter goes retrograde in hardworking Capricorn from Thursday, May 14 to Saturday, September 12. Jupiter retrogrades aren’t as harsh as when the other planets move in reverse, but they do ask us to review and reconsider our spiritual beliefs. Now is a great time to step up your meditation game or educate yourself on spirituality, whether that means experimenting with a deck of tarot cards or reading a religious text.
Charming Gemini season begins on Wednesday, May 20. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, so everyone will be feeling chatty. Organize a virtual hang out with friends and family. Ask people to dress up in whatever makes them feel good. The new moon in Gemini, on Friday, May 22, is an especially excellent night to get people together. Stay safe and see you in June!
May Predictions by Zodiac Sign
You need attention, Aries, and lots of it. Reach out to those who make you feel loved. Read your full May horoscope here.
Social distancing is important, Taurus, but there are still ways to stay connected. Read your full May horoscope here.
It’s your season, Gemini. There are plenty of ways to celebrate even with social distancing. Read your full May horoscope here.
Do your best to avoid texting your ex — or at least do your best to understand your intentions first, Cancer. Read your full May horoscope here.
You miss the spotlight, but social distancing is important. How about some sleep and self-care? Read your full May horoscope here.
COVID-19 has changed the way we communicate. What outdated behavioral patterns do you need to let go of? Read your full May horoscope here.
Put down the scissors, Libra. Your ruling planet, Venus, is retrograde, and now is not the time to make major changes to your appearance. Read your full May horoscope here.
Venus retrograde calls for skilled communication in the areas of love, so reach out to those you care for, Scorpio. Read your full May horoscope here.
The stress of quarantine gets to everyone, but we need to be kinder than ever. How can you help those in need, Sag? Read your full May horoscope here.
Even with social distancing, May calls for plenty of steamy nights, Capricorn. Read your full May horoscope here.
The work you are doing for your communities is admirable, but remember to check in on friends and lovers. When Venus goes retrograde this month, they’ll need it. Read your full May horoscope here.
All the retrogrades this month have you feeling empathetic and open. Reconnect with the right people and feel inner peace. Read your full May horoscope here.
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