Cozy up, Aquarius! While the rest of the world has a spring awakening, you're ready to hibernate—at least, until May 20, while the Sun visits Taurus, your fourth house of home and family. Straying far from the nest feels utterly unappealing now, especially during the first week of May while four planets (the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars) are all gathered in Taurus. While your nomadic sign is generally concerned with the wider world, your lens is now turned squarely on your emotional and material security. It's your annual time of year to strengthen your foundation, if only so that you'll have a solid home base to return to when wanderlust strikes again.
But stability on the home front might not be so easy to nail down. On May 9, a change-making solar eclipse lands in Taurus, which could throw your personal life into a bit of upheaval. You might suddenly realize that the place you've happily resided for so long needs some serious repair work—or that the neighborhood no longer matches the person you've become. There could be changes in the people you live with: an unexpected pregnancy or new baby, an elderly parent moving in, a new roommate, a relative who comes to stay for a few transitional months. Or, perhaps the eclipse won't demand immediate change, but will plant the seeds for a move, renovation or some other shift in the coming six months.
This is the third eclipse in a two-and-a-half year series on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, which is reshuffling both your personal and professional lives. The whole notion of work-life balance may be a laughable one to most of us, but you're being challenged to devise some creative ways of keeping your life rich in both of these areas. New opportunities will present themselves in both arenas, so stay tuned! You may already have experienced some out-of-left-field career news at the April 25 Scorpio lunar eclipse—and if so, you could be scrambling to integrate the changes into your life this May.
Fortunately, the mood will lighten when the Sun moves into fellow air sign Gemini on May 20, warming up your fifth house of romance and creativity. Your homebody days are numbered now, as your social calendar fills up, and you feel passionate energy return. When stress strikes, go dance it off, belt out a few karaoke numbers or, heck, make out with a sexy stranger if you're single. You may have to work hard, but at least you can play (or laugh) hard to balance it out.
On May 25, a Sagittarius lunar eclipse (yes, there are two eclipses this month—never a dull moment!) spotlights a friendship or a team project. There could be a changing of the guard in a circle that you're part of, or perhaps a surprising offer to collaborate with a crew of kindred spirits. You may also need to have it out with a friend who's been taking advantage of your cheerful good nature. But before you strike out with white verbal lightning, check and make sure your own people pleasing hasn't fueled this breakdown. Have you said "yes" when you meant "no"? Try to take the long view and initiate a conversation about creating a new, respectful mutuality between you. For this relationship to thrive, you need a space where it's safe for you both to have limits and be honest about your feelings.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Lush life, anyone? With magnetic Venus in Gemini burning up your fifth house of imagination and passion, you're feeling turned on by just about everything. As you enjoy the sensual pleasures of your morning chocolate-filled croissant or an afternoon shopping for new lingerie, you're dialing up your attraction factor. Feeling good on a cellular level is your M.O. this month…and wow, is this attractive to your many admirers. Or, if you've been coupled for a while, your honey might suddenly do a double take when you walk in the door, breezy and free. Venus is in here May 9-June 1, so your "it" factor is off the charts. As fellow Aquarian Anton Chekhov once said, "To fear love is to fear life, and those whose fear life are already three parts dead..."
Under this influence, you can cast aside anxieties about having your most idealized romantic dreams shattered and just appreciate what's happening in the moment. Sure, your date might not be marriage material, but then again, getting a rock on your finger isn't your top priority these days (though if it happens, you will immediately start planning the best damn engagement party your hemisphere has ever seen). If your love interest knows how to languorously smooch as the mariachi band plays on and on and on, that's just fine with you. So what if these unforgettably sexy moments last longer than the relationship?
Since you're feeling rather frisky, you might also want to change up your look to match your bold attitude. Try a shorter 'do. Become a redhead, if you have an instinctual knowing that it's time to shed your girl- (or guy-) next-door vibe. Dare to wear a miniskirt. The cosmos is offering you one of those rare chances to shed inhibitions and just make yourself happy already. Though this might feel like foreign territory—claiming your full-blown passionate and fiery side—you'll have no problem getting into the self-expressive mood if you imagine you're playing a role in a really dramatic and sexy music video.
Adding to the heat all month, sultry Mars is in Taurus, your fourth house of personal foundations and roots. Your "urge to merge" with your sweetheart might just yield a whopping return on investment…in the form of a pregnancy! "Hey, hey, baby" could morph into, "Hey…it's a baby!" at lightning speed. Or, you might just decide to add more romantic flair to your home décor. A few candles, silky throw pillows and floor cushions can really shift the ambiance, so head to an import store (hello, Moroccan pendant lamp?) or home goods shop to spice things up!
MONEY & CAREER
This ain't Kansas anymore, Aquarius. After a watershed April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your tenth house of professional aims, you might begin the month still reeling from a sudden switcheroo on the career front. Perhaps you had an unexpected changing of the guard at work, or an out-of-the-blue promotion landed in your lap. Or, maybe you received a highly attractive job offer, one that you'd barely allowed yourself to dream about, e.g., designer with an award-winning architecture firm or tenure-track professorship at a prestigious university. Or, you might have seen your luck fall the other way and suffered a cutback that cost you a position.
Either way, you probably didn't anticipate this entirely—and if you did, you couldn't possibly have predicted that events would play out quite like this. Ultimately, the shakeup is positive, because it's putting you closer to alignment with your soul's purpose. A layoff might seem like a drag…especially when you consider that Mexican vacay you've been planning for months. However, there's an element of fate that you're not yet fully aware of yet. A few months down the line, you will recognize just how "inevitable" this turn of events was. "If I hadn't been demoted, I'd have never opened up to my friend Anna, who never would have connected me with her friend Paul, who never would have suggested we start a wildly profitable business together, and I never would have been able to start my foundation for cutting-edge autism research…" As free-spirited as your sign can be, you're not actually crazy about change…even though you need newness to breathe.
It's possible that the shifts came from within. Maybe you were the one who had a sudden change of heart, deciding not to accept an offer that you would have jumped at the chance to take last year….or even last month. In that Aquarian way, you might have just "known" the direction to move in, even as it startled your friends and loved ones, who wanted to know why the heck you were turning down a lucrative offer with a Fortune 500 company (or its high-powered creative equivalent) or why you suddenly need to become a sustainable food advocate, when you've been an artist for the last 20 years. Eclipses can leave us feeling disoriented, dropped into a whole new reality, so it might take you a little time before you get your bearings again. Try not to sweat the small stuff in the meantime. If you're a business owner, you might need to make some hard decisions about restructuring now, or perhaps just to step into your authoritative shoes and be the leader you know you can be. Instead of doubting that you can hold a position of power, remember fellow Aquarian Lewis Carroll's famous line from Alice in Wonderland, spoken by the Queen: "Why, sometimes, I've believed six impossible things before breakfast!" This is your charge, to stretch yourself and strive higher than you've ever dared…all before your morning latte.
Since this is a very home-focused month, your career might not be the main emphasis. Or, perhaps you'll be starting a cottage industry, teaming up with a family member, or finding a way to enjoy more time with your loved ones while also bringing home the bacon. Perhaps you decide to invest in real estate, put money toward fixing up your home (and thus increasing the property value), or to negotiate with your landlord to bring down the rent. You might prioritize saving up for your children's future (or for your future children, if you don't have any!). Working with women is also favored under this month's uber-feminine skies. The May 9 solar eclipse could bring a powerful female into your world out of the blue. Stay tuned for any estrogen-fueled alliances that crop up now, because this savvy sister could be the missing link in the chain. With go-getter Mars in Taurus, your fourth house of home and femininity, the whole month is great for joining any women's professional groups, or even for hosting a small cocktail party with your favorite femmes in your own living room. Book club, investment club, clothing swap—feel free to get creative (and comfy) in the name of networking.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Home, sweet home. This month, with many planets in Taurus, the domestic sector of your chart, you're in a self-nurturing mode. Put a nice pot of turkey chili on the stove, and a pan of homemade cornbread in the oven…or whatever dishes make your heart hum with culinary comfort. When the solar eclipse in Taurus arrives on May 9, you might be suddenly inspired to change residences. Perhaps you've outgrown your current abode, or you just find a deal that's too good to pass up. Maybe a female relative moves to another city and offers up her apartment for a rent-free stint. Since the fourth house rules mothering, you might also find yourself on the surprisingly affirmative end of an EPT commercial…hello, baby! Dynamics could shift for the better with a relative or key female in your life, as you sort out where they end and you begin.
If you've been struggling with codependency, sensing an unhealthy give-take dynamic, now is the time to clean up your boundaries. If the day's development doesn't manifest as an actual event, you might have one of your famous lightning-bolt epiphanies, possibly that you need to move, stat…or at least in the next six months. Your relationship with your parents is also affected by this two-and-a-half year series of eclipses on the Taurus/Scorpio axes—the signs that rule your mother and father houses. In some way, you may be shifting out of lifelong patterns and roles you've inhabited without much question, such as caretaking or playing small so as not to overshadow an attention-grabbing parent. Now, you might become aware of just how stifling these outworn dynamics are. Once you're aware, you'll get cracking on positive change.
Stressful Mars is also in Taurus until May 31, making your home feel a bit tense or claustrophobic. Maybe there's repair work being done, or a relative has planted himself in your spare bedroom indefinitely. Whatever the case, you may get cabin fever and want to go visit family or even take a vacation somewhere on the water, whether the beaches are officially open or not. Some sea air will put you in a happy mood. In fact, you might even want to check out Anne Morrow Lindbergh's timeless tome, Gift From the Sea, which includes meditations on peace, love and the passage of time. Back at home, to channel all this extra energy, you can feng shui, rearrange furniture or go on a decluttering rampage. If you're arguing with a relative, try to funnel that angst into physical activity—go for a walk through the neighborhood or a bike ride to ease the tension. Your sparring partner will probably be a lot calmer (as will you) as you start moving those limbs and taking deep gulps of fresh spring air.