Sagittarius, May 2017
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Sagittarius, May 2017

Partnership is on your mind this month, Sag.
May 1, 2017, 1:00pm

May opens with the Sun in determined Earth sign Taurus, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules your daily routines, encouraging you to focus on your work and fitness, Sag. Not that focusing will be easy at the start of the month: Mercury is retrograde in fellow Fire sign Aries (which, by the way, is making things complicated in your love life). Fortunately, that ends quickly, because Mercury turns direct on May 3!

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An intense full moon in Scorpio arrives May 10, illuminating a psychic, sensitive sector of your chart. Taurus season is so focused on you getting shit done and slaying your to-do list, but you need a break—and you'll get one, whether you like it or not, during this full moon. If you're overbooking yourself and pushing yourself too hard, this full moon will force you to hit the brakes. Work with this energy by slowing down; consciously take time to rest, meditate, and catch up on alone time. It's time for you to find a better work/life balance—or else.

Scorpio is the sign of death and rebirth, and this is a powerful time for transformation for you, but only if you're able to go within—listen to your inner voice—which will require you to take a step back from your responsibilities.

Full moons are exhausting and emotional—cut yourself some slack if you oversleep or find yourself needing to escape from everyday life. This is the time to escape! Smoke a bowl and get lost in your own mind. Forget what time it is!

If you're overbooking yourself and pushing yourself too hard, this full moon will force you to hit the brakes.

Scorpio is the detective of the zodiac. This Water sign is all about digging to the bottom of a problem and healing it. What issues do you need to confront or investigate? What's bubbling beneath the surface in your life? What truths do you need to accept? What secrets are you keeping—even from yourself? Expect some reveals! This is a powerful time for transformation—spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Are you ready to dig deep and face yourself? This is a profound time for therapy.

Sometimes we stay busy to avoid being sad or anxious, to get over heartbreak, or simply because staying busy feels like the best way to take care of ourselves (maybe it's what we've been taught)—but, according to the Wise Woman tradition of healing, "do nothing" is step zero of healing. Give yourself quiet time, be alone, reflect, rest, and simply be during this full moon.

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Action planet Mars, in Gemini, makes a harmonious connection with your ruling planet, lucky Jupiter, in Libra, on May 12. Gemini and Libra are charming, chatty Air signs, so when Mars and Jupiter connect in the sky, the atmosphere will be perfect for meeting new people, connecting with friends, sharing ideas, and most importantly: getting what you want!

You can also expect, thanks to Mars lighting up the relationship sector of your chart, that your partners will be clear with you about their needs. This will be a fun, productive day for anything from business meetings to dates with your lover to partying.

What's bubbling beneath the surface in your life? What truths do you need to accept? What secrets are you keeping—even from yourself?

Communication planet Mercury enters Taurus on May 15, West Coast, May 16, East Coast, activating the sector of your chart that rules daily work, your schedule, and your physical well-being. You'll have a much easier time knowing how to balance your tasks and schedule thanks to the full moon in Scorpio earlier this month.

Also, projects that were put on the back burner in mid-April will reappear. If you're looking for work, or are hoping to create a better self-care routine, Mercury, in grounded Earth sign Taurus, will certainly be beneficial.

But just because Mercury's working away doesn't mean you can't have lots of fun. Love-and-money planet Venus is in fellow Fire sign Aries, and on May 19, it will oppose your ruling planet, Jupiter. Expect drama (in a good way) in your social and love life. The energy is affectionate, and party invitations will flood in—but you need to watch for overindulging.

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Loads of creative inspiration will come—but honestly, you will probably be too lazy (or drunk, or high, or lovesick, or whatever your vice is) to pick up your instrument or your paintbrush.

The Sun enters Gemini on May 20 and illuminates the relationships sector of your chart! The end of May will focus on your partnerships, and a welcome fresh start on this front arrives during the new moon, in Gemini, on May 25. But of course, nothing can be too easy, Sagittarius.

The energy is affectionate, and party invitations will flood in—but you need to watch for overindulging.

During this new moon, Venus will square (a rough astrological aspect) the lord of the underworld, Pluto, in Capricorn, kicking up sensitive issues of self-worth and security (or insecurity).

Issues of jealousy and possessiveness will flare. Pluto is a complex planet: Its energy can be transformative, and it has a shady, manipulative side. Thus you could make massive changes, but you could also see a darker side to someone or something—don't ignore it, Sag, it's being shown to you for a reason!

Take red flags seriously, and use the new moon, in Gemini energy, to create a fresh start for your partnerships. Spend time with people who value and respect you instead of getting lost in unhealthy relationships.

By the end of the month, Sagittarius, you'll be way more organized—thanks to that full moon and Mercury in Taurus. And you'll have a better idea of who you should spend your time with due to that fun-as-hell opposition between Venus and Jupiter. The new moon, and that Venus/Pluto clash, will definitely show you people's true colors. See you next month!