Virgo, May 2017
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Virgo, May 2017

New experiences are on the way! It's time to explore new territory and take some risks.
May 1, 2017, 1:00pm

May opens with your ruling planet, Mercury, retrograde, but don't worry, Virgo; it's almost over. Mercury goes direct in Fire sign Aries on May 3! Because your life can never be simple, this retrograde has been activating the sex, death, and taxes sector of your chart.

Things have been complicated, and you have learned a lot about yourself and your relationships, but now you're ready to move on to new adventures. For the first part of the month, the Sun is in fellow Earth sign Taurus, sending you good vibes and illuminating the travel and learning sector of your chart. It's time to see the world, take some risks, and expand beyond your usual environment.

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Mercury joins rebel Uranus in the sky, in Fire sign Aries, on May 9, West Coast, May 10, East Coast. The energy will be unpredictable today, but you can bet shocking news will come your way. Things will be stirred up in your intimate relationships! Although there is uncertainly in the air, a powerfully grounding energy will flow thanks to the Sun in fellow Earth sign Taurus connecting with Pluto in Capricorn on May 9.

Pluto's all about what's under the surface, and between its meeting with the Sun and the full moon in Scorpio (which arrives May 10, illuminating the communication sector of your chart), you can bet secrets will be revealed, and exciting—and important—conversations will take place.

Things have been complicated, and you have learned a lot about yourself and your relationships, but now you're ready to move on to new adventures.

Don't think that you'll get out of this full moon unscathed—all full moons are exhausting and emotional, but a Scorpio full moon (which is the sign of death and rebirth) is especially potent—a confrontation that's been waiting to happen finally will.

Expect big debates about everything from political to spiritual beliefs. Scorpio isn't afraid to burn a bridge, so this is a fantastic full moon during which to wave goodbye to some idiots. That said, wonderful compromises could be made, as well as a philosophical breakthrough.

This full moon is a potent time to finish writing projects, send off letters, and even get closure. Mercury retrograde surely brought back some people from your past with whom you need to clear things up.

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May 11 is definitely a day to circle in your calendar, Virgo! Mars, in Gemini, clashes with Neptune, in Pisces, stirring up confusion in your relationships (expect the "where are we going?" question to pop up). But more frustratingly, the vibe will be lazy and ineffective—and worse, people could feel paranoid. Watch out for gossip, and for straight-up lies.

That said, your ruling planet Mercury will make a harmonious connection with stability-loving Saturn, in Sagittarius, on this day, which will bring you support, help you make sense of the nonsense around you, and bring you stable energy in your home. You won't be in the mood to socialize, so avoid the nonsense and curl up with a book or whatever it is you Virgos curl up with.

Scorpio isn't afraid to burn a bridge, so this is a fantastic full moon during which to wave goodbye to some idiots.

Mercury enters fellow Earth sign Taurus on May 15, West Coast, May 16, East Coast, bringing you messages from faraway places and moving you toward the projects and conversations that were paused, in mid-April, due to Mercury retrograde. If you're traveling, in school, or working on publishing something important, Mercury in Taurus has your back.

The Sun enters Air sign Gemini on May 20 and activates the fame and fortune sector of your chart, Virgo! You might not be the most spotlight-obsessed sign in the zodiac, but you work really fucking hard, so getting some appreciation, and reward, for your efforts is well deserved. Gemini season will find you reaching new heights of popularity, which will be great for your career and reputation. Gemini energy is all about networking—even though you savor your alone time, Virgo, now is the time for you to schmooze.

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May 25 is another day to watch for. Venus, in Aries, clashes with Pluto, in Capricorn, and there's a new moon in Gemini. We love new moons; they bring a fresh start as well as create space for us to connect with our inner voice and imagination. Because this new moon is in Gemini, it will be especially potent for your career and reputation, so cast a money spell.

Venus's clash with Pluto during this new moon will create a tense atmosphere that may make it hard for you to peacefully meditate during your fame-and-fortune manifestation ritual. When love and money planet Venus squares off with Pluto, the energy can be dark. Jealousies are stirred up; people feel insecure. Issues of control or possessiveness are highlighted.

When love and money planet Venus squares off with Pluto, the energy can be dark. Jealousies are stirred up; people feel insecure.

The energy in your sexual relationships (as well as in your creative partnerships) will be heightened. This combination of planets can make for amazing, hot sex, where you and your partners connect on a level that's deeper than you could have imagined; however, Pluto has a dark side, so if your relationship is built on shaky ground (jealousy, possessiveness, codependency), things could be taken to an extreme.

If someone has been testing your boundaries lately, cut them out of your life, Virgo, and beware of anyone who encourages you to be too dependent on them, or conversely, anyone who guilt-trips, or worse—tricks—you into taking care of them.

Mercury in Taurus mingles with dreamy Neptune in Pisces on May 28, creating an imaginative atmosphere, inspiring you to make art and tell stories. If you're interested in psychic development, this is an especially magical day. You're sure to have a philosophical conversation in one of your relationships—a nice shift in energy after that messy Venus/Pluto connection!

The month wraps up with Mercury, in Taurus, connecting with Pluto, in Capricorn, on May 31. Unlike the shadowy, manipulative side of Pluto, which bubbled to the surface during the new moon, this time around, you'll experience the help and transformation that Pluto can bring when it's connecting with your ruling planet, Mercury.

This is a wonderful time for therapy and getting to the bottom of issues—logical Mercury working with perceptive Pluto is a powerful combination. This will be a stimulating time in your love life (especially for dirty talk!) and in your creative pursuits! New experiences are on the way, Virgo; enjoy them, and see you in June!