Libra, May 2017
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Libra, May 2017

It's a sexy yet intense month, Libra. Issues around intimacy are on your mind—and you’re ready to try new things.
May 1, 2017, 1:00pm

So far, spring has been about you reflecting on your past and reworking your relationship values; this is because your ruling planet, Venus, was retrograde between March 5 and April 15. Now, Mercury is retrograde, which began in Taurus, on April 9, will end in Aries, on May 3. Things will start moving forward soon, especially in your relationships, Libra!

May opens with the Sun in Earth sign Taurus illuminating a sensitive, intimate sector of your chart: Issues of sex, trust, and closeness are on the table. Are you getting what you want in the bedroom? Libra, you're the sign of diplomacy, but it's time that other people accommodate you, so make your demands known!

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Whether you're with a partner or not, this season's sensual, physical atmosphere is perfect for you exploring your body and your desires. Taurus is not an energy famous for its adaptability. Stubborn is the most commonly used word to describe this sign. Be uncompromising about your fantasies—fulfill them in exactly the way you want!

Sex isn't all that's on your mind during Taurus season—you're going through major transformations, and this is a powerful time for letting go and finding closure. Difficult changes are taking place, and you're facing the unknown, Libra; however, this is also a magical time in your life. You're forging a deeper connection with your inner voice!

Issues of sex, trust, and closeness are on the table. Are you getting what you want in the bedroom?

Taurus season is also major for you in working out some tricky financial situations, whether that means paying off debt, dealing with taxes, or working with your family on an inheritance. Shared resources are a focus right now. Again, you love to be accommodating, but this is an important time for you to learn how to ask for help—people want to share their resources with you, so make your needs known in the bedroom and at the bank!

A potent full moon in Water sign Scorpio arrives on May 10, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules your finances and, more importantly, your self-worth. Conflict could arise, which will force you to reconsider how you budget not just your cash but your time and energy.

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Communication planet Mercury enters Taurus May 15, West Coast, May 16, East Coast, helping you think clearly about the complex issues you're working through. As an Air sign, you're super logical, and as a human being who just went through a Scorpio full moon, you're emotional as hell—but Mercury, in grounded Earth sign Taurus, will help you focus on what you need to do!

Think back to mid-April—conversations back then that were put on the back burner because of Mercury retrograde will resurface. You've learned a lot about your partnerships since these conversations, so you're more equipped to make a smart decision. Mercury retrogrades are a drag, but they're good for helping us examine ourselves and our circumstances!

The energy is dramatic (in a fun way), and after dealing with so many heavy topics, finally you, and your friends and lovers, will have some fun.

Your ruling planet, Venus, in Aries, opposes lucky planet Jupiter, which is in your sign, on May 19: exciting! The energy is dramatic (in a fun way), and after dealing with so many heavy topics, finally you, and your friends and lovers, will have some fun. Jupiter is the planet of growth and expansion—and the hangovers it leaves behind are intense as hell, so be careful about overindulging.

Don't plan important meetings, or, if you have a project to work on, finish it ahead of time, because you're only going to be in the mood to party, and you won't be able to focus on work. You're generally responsible, Libra, but you do have a lazy streak, which will be pronounced!

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The Sun enters fellow Air sign Gemini on May 20, encouraging you to take risks and break out of your routine. Again, you've been dealing with intense relationship and financial issues—Gemini season is a time for you to get away from it all. Like, literally, Libra—take a vacation.

Not only will the Sun in Gemini be shining on the travel sector of your chart, but it's also a great time to learn something new. Sign up for a class or attend a lecture. Wordsmith Gemini is an energy perfect for writing, so if you're trying to publish something, this is the time to focus on it. Gemini energy is also perfect for networking, so if you're promoting a project, spread the word!

May 25 is a day to watch for: Your ruling planet, Venus, squares (a stressful astrological aspect) the lord of the underworld, Pluto, in Capricorn, and there will be a new moon in Gemini on the same day.

Before you can move forward with this new moon, you'll have to face some issues in your partnerships.

We love new moons—they bring new beginnings, and this one will bring you plenty of opportunities to connect with the world, plus a philosophical breakthrough or two. You're seeing the big picture, and new goals and visions for your future are being born. But before you can move forward with this new moon, you'll have to face some issues in your partnerships.

Sweet Venus clashing with shady Pluto will rock all relationships built on shaky ground. If your partnerships run on insecurity, jealousy, possessiveness, or fear, this will be an intense time. While your romantic relationships will certainly be impacted by this astrological transit, any kind of partnership could be hit by Venus and Pluto.

The best way to work with Pluto is to bring in a neutral third party that can mediate an argument—it's hard to manipulate your partner into bending to your will when a stranger is watching you act like an asshole. Is someone treating you badly? Tell someone you trust about it. Begin dismantling their power over you by bringing their actions to the attention of those who love and care about you.

Even though Pluto can stir up manipulative behavior, it's the planet of death and rebirth, so expect transformations in your life, especially relating to themes of feeling safe, secure, and at home with people. You'll learn about what you need in a caring, emotionally fulfilling relationship. If you can't trust someone with your vulnerabilities, it's time to say goodbye.

Good luck this month, Libra, and see you in June!