The collective monthly overview includes reference to planetary transits and aspects for additional detail, while the individual zodiac horoscopes focus on transit effects and actions. Read for your rising sign if you know it and/or your sun sign. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when new horoscopes are released.
- Mercury stations direct 5/3
- Full Moon in Scorpio 5/10
- Mercury ingress into Taurus 5/17
- Sun ingress into Gemini 5/20
- New Moon in Gemini 5/25
Retrogrades were all the rage in March and April, but this month begins with Mercury stationed direct (as it moves forward from our vantage point on Earth), and by the end of May, both Mercury and Venus will be out of their retrograde shadows. This means they will regain full strength and begin to push us ahead, rather than asking us to review what has already happened.
Prepare for a fiery month. As the days get longer, we will gain momentum on our projects and activities. We may be compelled to “do” without pausing, listening, sorting out feelings or thinking through consequences.
ARIES RISING (OR ARIES SUN)
Have you been running in place, tethered by invisible forces, or feeling stuck in the mud? This month provides an opportunity to escape your rut by sharing, learning about or teaching the ideas you’ve been ruminating on in 2017. If your ideas are muddled, pay extra attention to the words and chatter in your daily life for clues. Your ruling planet (action-oriented Mars) is in quick witted Gemini all May long, making you even more opinionated than usual. As energetic Mars leads the way, your ideas, thoughts and methods of relating to the world will be bold. Depending on what you do with it, Venus could soften blunt language and aggressive mannerisms, or could make you seem especially selfish. This is the month to gently persuade others to join you in your adventures, not to brag, berate or dominate to get what you want.
TAURUS RISING (OR TAURUS SUN)
How do you align your daily actions and routines with your ultimate cosmic goals? How can you fight for justice if you’re unwilling to fight for yourself? From April 28th to June 5th, your ruling planet, pleasure loving Venus, moves through your 12th house of self-undoing, karma, and powerlessness. During this time, there will be an emphasis on your choices and routines in day-to-day life, and how they conflict with your unconscious trauma, your tendency towards martyrdom and your mental self-sabotage. Sound scary? This is not the easiest transit, especially for a gentle soul who likes things to stay the same, but fear not: now is the time to trust yourself. Like the unwavering bull, your gift is your strength, steadfastness and determination. Find a direction and pursue your goals at a slow, steady pace. You won’t get there in one day, so take your time and beware of burnout.
GEMINI RISING (OR GEMINI SUN)
With sly Mercury as your ruling planet, haters say you’re fickle and, worse, two-faced. They don’t understand that as a mutable maverick you’re gifted with the ability to see things from all sides, and to shift and evolve with ease. The month starts off buzzing with the social energy of charming Mercury in adventurous Aries; prior to May 15th, throw yourself into a new social hobby that focuses on self-improvement, such as a creative writing group or a body-positive group exercise class. During the second half of the month, take time to withdraw so you may study, meditate or examine your inner self. The hidden workings of your mind, especially your unconscious compulsions and obsessions, will be more accessible at this time. You can gain a lot from slowing down to surrender, heal, resolve an addiction or gain resolution.
CANCER RISING (OR CANCER SUN)
Juggling work and home life is stressing you out, crabby patty. Even if your “work” is your art and your “home” is tending to one houseplant, chances are, you feel torn between responsibility to self and responsibility to others. As expansive Jupiter moves retrograde through your fourth house of home, there may be too much in your domestic life to balance, or you may be transitioning to a new apartment or reevaluating your roots. You are ruled by the Moon and lunar emotions, making it especially easy to lose yourself in the needs of others at this time, so remember to put your safety mask on first. The new moon on May 25th, invites you to name the ways you punish and insult yourself in private. What negative self-talk can be replaced with the seeds of kind, healing words and mantras?
LEO RISING (OR LEO SUN)
You are ruled by the Sun, the light which makes life possible. Imagine yourself standing on a stage, and notice that at this time of year, the spotlight shines brightest on you. Turn your attention outward for a moment and look into the audience. Who are they? Where are you and what is your place in this world? What do you do, not for money under capitalist patriarchy, but as your life’s purpose? How do your actions contribute to your community, friends and neighbors? Get real, and don’t let your pride or stubbornness get in the way of honesty. May 9th will bring an opportunity for particularly intense and powerful insight, offering you the chance to transform a daily habit. Let the full moon in Scorpio on May 10th remind you of how far you’ve come since October 2016.
VIRGO RISING (OR VIRGO SUN)
No one doubts that your gifts are your cleverness, wit and enthusiasm for knowledge. I know your instinct is to make a to-do list and check those dang boxes. Yet with your ruling planet (witty Mercury) traveling through Aries, you might feel a loss of the control you are accustomed to. For the first half of the month, you might be impatient or brash with the resources others bring to you. Now is the time to sort out and make sense of things that seem too dark or taboo to bring to the surface. Schedule an appointment with your therapist, astrologer or life coach. Once Mercury moves into Taurus on May 15th, things will settle into a more stable routine allowing you to broaden your worldview.
LIBRA RISING (OR LIBRA SUN)
Love, beauty and relating is the air you breathe, sweetheart. Your ruling planet, Venus, is moving through your seventh house of relationships and partnerships. That is not to say that romance is your only motivator--I’m talking relationships of all kinds: family, housemates, ex-lovers and peers. Relating and connecting to those who know you on a more intimate level feels especially important this month. On May 19th, Venus in Aries (a placement of assertive self-love) will compete with Jupiter in Libra, which encourages expansion through partnerships. Watch out for conflict in your ideologies and your personal behavior; practice what you preach. Treat your sweeties the way you want them to treat you, and treat yourself with the generosity you shower on others. Celebrate where you are and leave room for new love in your life, even friend love, the love of an acquaintance’s baby or a new furry companion.
SCORPIO RISING (OR SCORPIO SUN)
You need focus this month. While motivated Mars (your ruling planet) moves through Gemini all month, it’s easy to get excited about everything and jump from one thing to the next. You’ll do best if you can eliminate distractions, debunk illusions and use that energy to focus on the task at hand. Celebrate yourself and all of your mysteries with a sexy Scorpio full moon party on May 10th. Be mindful of power struggles over your values, and how they interact with those of other people; issues related to resources that you share may be especially charged. Notice your anxieties about wealth or poverty (spiritual, monetary or otherwise) as they could be especially high right now. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s a good time to evaluate the stories you tell yourself about your access to resources. What are you lacking? Where are you abundant? How can you better accept help and support in the areas where you are struggling?
SAGITTARIUS RISING (OR SAGITTARIUS SUN)
You are often at the center of the party, my adventurous pal, and with buoyant Jupiter as your ruler, you usually land on your feet. But maybe your footing has been a bit faulty lately. With Saturn in your first house of self until December 2017, be prepared to continue working and reworking themes of self-improvement and self-mastery. Buoyant Jupiter in your eleventh house of social responsibility and community wants justice for all, and aches for harmonious, sustainable peace in the midst of chaotic uncertainty. How can you integrate the self-discipline you’ve been learning in order to create your vision for a greater society? How can your drive, focus and determination be used to create the beautiful community you seek? What can you do, spearhead or create that will feed the communal spiritual growth you are longing for? Spend some time thinking about a daily habit you want to give up, or a new one you’d like to commit to, and take time on the May 25th Gemini new moon to put your wishes into words. The time is ripe to give up smoking, start a daily meditation practice or otherwise feed your physical and spiritual self.
CAPRICORN RISING (OR CAPRICORN SUN)
You are ruled by Saturn, the sturdy determined planet of discipline, and you don’t mess around. You’re a hard worker and have a lot to be proud of. You have the gift of struggling against the impossible. On May 28th and 29th, quick and lively Mars opposes focused Saturn in a power struggle. If you can, structure time to get it out, alone or with others, and let your voice be heard: blast punk music on a roadtrip to the mountains, sing sad karaoke songs by yourself or write letters to your hidden fears and burn them. Get friends together and take turns screaming into the void.
AQUARIUS RISING (OR AQUARIUS SUN)
My dear Aquarian, your ruling planets (mature Saturn and rebellion Uranus*) support each other all month. Acting with bold individuality in your everyday affairs (chatting with your librarian, calling your siblings etc.) will help you rework your dreams and visions for the future. May 17th through May 20th will be the height of this collaboration between serious philosophical inquiry and adventurous authenticity. Now is the time to get unstuck from the past and plan the future that you deserve, especially when it comes to your commitment to greater community or social justice work. Trust your gut, your intuition and your fiery passion. The Moon in Leo on May 1st through May 3rd and again on May 29th through May 31st will give you an extra boost of self-confidence. I know it’s cliche, but beware of drama, especially the kind you initiate.
*depending on who you ask, your rising sign is ruled by one or both of these planets
PISCES RISING (OR PISCES SUN)
You’ve transcended the mundane before and the time has come to evolve again, dreamboat. Your ruling planets (exaggerated Jupiter and escapist Neptune*) are at odds with each other from May 11th to May 25th. This theme of transcendence emerged in late 2016 and will be back again later this year. Jupiter retrograde this month reworks and integrates subtle psychological patterns in the search for spiritual growth. Meanwhile, Neptune in Pisces makes knowing yourself challenging but essential. It’s almost like you are fine-tuning your balancing scales in order to find the harmony between give and take and codependence and autonomy. Maybe you want to hitch your wagon to others and let them help carry your burden, or maybe others will latch onto you in order to sustain themselves. Watch your boundaries. Respect your personal power while asking others to do the same.
*depending on who you ask, your rising sign is ruled by one or both of these planets
Deep Sea Astrology is Kelsey Branca, a multi-faceted queer femme astrologer. She has been studying astrology since she was a teen and completed the PSA 2nd-year-program in 2016. Kelsey's astrology practice incorporates an anti-oppression framework and she is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and dismantling racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, cissexism, etc. that is pervasive in astrology communities and beyond. Find her sporadic astro writing on Instagram @deepseaastrology or contact her for a collaborative reading at email@example.com or Deep Sea Astrology on Facebook.