Astrology Forecast for May 2013

FOR EVERYONE—In May, we will find ourselves swept down a new road with only minimal preparation. We just have to trust that countless small decisions, made over a long period of time, often on the fly, have prepared us. The planets are taking things into their own hands. The world will work by different rules. It will suddenly respond better to sharing, consensus-building and cooperation, for example. Progressive views will be more welcome. In the meantime, until you get it figured out, prepare to be surprised.

♉ TAURUS (April 19 – May 19) Taureans are putting themselves on a new footing, aspirationally, socially and financially. Changes in Taurus’s financial situation make this change necessary and also help make it possible. This departure from your old life takes place amidst a rapidly evolving social and economic context. Fortunately, the planets have lined up to help Taurus find the right partners. Others are making similarly comprehensive changes. Your efforts to manage the details of this difficult and fateful transition will yield especially useful insights. Others need to hear them.

♊ GEMINI (May 20 – June 19) All the altering things in this fast-changing world seem to run through Gemini’s life. More so because Gemini possesses a special charm and an aura of prosperity nowadays. The issues are evolving rapidly and the first answer you give will not be the last. Second-guesses are inevitable, but things are important and you’ll need to be involved. Offer your honest, heartfelt opinion. You’ll be delighted at the influence you can exert on the process. People will even take your personal wish list seriously.

♋ CANCER (June 20 – July 21) Events are moving fast. Emotions are turbulent. Priorities are conflicting. Thoughts are confused. Events are affecting your support systems. Cancerians are hard-wired to create and maintain support systems; planetary influences have been strengthening those instincts. Recent experience has honed your ability to combat determined opposition. Your intuition is well-supplied with relevant insight. Your confidence is high; however, you have no direct leverage. Your skillful behind-the-scenes efforts could be all that keeps dubious “reforms,” some well-intentioned, some not, from dismantling the support systems you’ve built.

♌ LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21) Most Leos probably realize by now that they have an enviable degree of influence over today’s difficult, complicated and seemingly unpredictable events. This influence, though potent, is indirect and occasionally causes consequences of the unintended kind. Your influence is especially effective in May, and if you make the wrong choice, things can go wildly awry. To ensure the best outcome this time around you might have to take a detached approach and oppose the inclinations of your superiors. Depend more on principles and ideals.

♍ VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21) Virgos need to make as accurate an estimate as possible of the effect rapidly changing circumstances will have on their long-term financial goals. As hard as it is to get an accurate reading on events now, things will continue to evolve. To reach your goal, you will need to re-calculate periodically and adjust your trajectory accordingly. Defend your plans; push back against pressures from higher ups, but be realistic. Virgos can still count on their ability to guide events in the direction they prefer.

♎ LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21) May is a fateful month for Librans. You might feel at a disadvantage and uncertain of which direction to take. You might also feel like someone is forcing your hand. However, you have a lot of bargaining power and surprising influence over the outcome. Don’t hesitate to call on this leverage, even when confronting determined opposition from those more powerful. Their hand isn’t as strong as everyone thinks and your views carry more weight than you realize. The concessions you win will benefit many.

♏ SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20) Changes are occurring in your neighborhood that you personally find acceptable, for the most part. But things aren’t as simple as they first appear. Many friends will be affected and their preferences must be taken into account. Any concessions that must be made to satisfy them will probably not be onerous. It’s important that you be true to your principles throughout and that everyone involved respect that. This will guarantee a better outcome and change the way others regard you, in a good way.

♐  SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20) Sagittarius is cleaning out their psychological and spiritual attic, making room for a new vision of the future. At the same time, they are building a new financial framework that will give them power to manifest that vision in the real world. Let this vision of the future be influenced by those you love or your future will be a lonely place. But envision a livelihood that will allow you to work for the general good, also, or you’ll find it unsatisfying.

♑  CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18) Capricorns see the need for change; they just aren’t sure this is the right change. Friction between yourself and change-minded associates is a constant; the threat of destructive confrontation ever present. The stars strongly recommend that you give family, friends and subordinates the benefit of the doubt. You’ll be able to live with what they come up with; a lot of it will meet your own highest standards. You’ll gain respect as part of a team seeking constructive reform, principles and reputation in tact.

♒ AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17) The issue you’re facing has serious real world consequences for yourself and others. Too much about it troubles and annoys you, making detached consideration impossible. Even if you could be objective, it’s too complicated. It defies rational analysis and frustrates intuitive insight. You can’t just stand by and let it resolve itself; the chances of a screw up are too great. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Engage those involved in an informal, relaxed setting. Leave seriousness at the door. A playful approach will yield breakthroughs.

♓ PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19) Your conscience and your intuition are aligned and free of outside interference. You know the right way to go. You give reliable voice to everyone’s innermost thoughts about the situation. You can speak calmly and confidently in a noisy debate; others find your words compelling. That much is easy. The problem is, you don’t have much leverage over anyone’s situation. The hard part is making a solid connection between the ideals you espouse and the realities people face. This connection is the secret ingredient.

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♈ ARIES (March 20 – April 18) You’ll have to jump in with both feet to keep your plans for the future on course. You can benefit a lot from the second-guessing sparked by mention of your ambitions, but only to a point. Your strength comes from firsthand knowledge of the immense pressures at work. You know in your gut which ideas will withstand these forces and which won’t. The stakes are high. Don’t sign off on anything unless it passes your reality test. And don’t let anyone seize the reins.