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Your May 2020 Horoscopes Are Here

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Before 2020 even began, there were high expectations that this would be a game-changing year.

The powerful Saturn-Pluto conjunction on January 12 was expected to bring a paradigm shift within our personal and collective realities. Meeting up in the sign of Capricorn, these two heavy-hitting planets were putting us on notice that the structures, routines and ways we work were coming up for re-evaluation. Astrologers around the world reflected on what this could mean. Economic downturns, recessions and environmental concerns were common theories surrounding changes to expect in 2020. While those are heavy themes, the silver lining was that this year would also bring deep, personal transformation and important awakenings on an individual and collective level.

Astrology helps us to see the energy of something, the potential of it—but not necessarily how it will show up, or what it will look like when it arrives. Many were hopeful about the astrology of 2020, while being aware it would bring challenges, but who could have expected that the year would unfold the way it has so far?

Things may look and feel different from how you thought your year would be going right now. It’s not a time to rush yourself to get back to business as usual; instead, the skies encourage you to go inward, review and re-evaluate your path and plans moving forward.

Saturn, Venus and Jupiter station retrograde this month: Saturn on May 11 in Aquarius; Venus on May 13 in Gemini; and Jupiter on May 14 in Capricorn. Go-getter Mars is another planet to watch this month. It enters watery Pisces on May 13, which will impact your energy levels and call for patience, compassion, and slower approaches.

The energy of May also asks you to look at what you have learned from 2020 so far:

What have you realized you can live without?
What are you willing to give up?
Where can you make do?
How have your values shifted?

Your horoscope for May offers some guidance on how to stay grounded, build your resilience and connect to your higher self as you move forward.

Read on for your personal horoscope to learn more.

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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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This is the month to fall in love with yourself, Taurus. On May 13, Venus, your ruler, stations retrograde in Gemini, taking you on a six-week journey into your own fabulous self. There, you will learn to honour the knowledge, experience and wisdom you have gained so far in your time here on this planet.

Where are you listening to other people’s narratives and confusing them for your own? What has your reality taught you that does not match up with the mainstream world? Venus is pushing you to understand what it is you really want from yourself:

Where do your expectations need to be adjusted?
What do you want to do with your brilliance, creativity and intelligence?
What do you want to express about yourself—without apology, justification or hesitation?

This is a time to look at the qualities you’ve cultivated within yourself that keep you grounded in who you are, and what you are able to give to others. Celebrate yourself as best you can in the month to come.

If you do one thing this month:

Grab your journal and write down all the things you love about yourself.

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Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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The world may be full of uncertainties, but no matter how much confusion is out there, you are ready to move forward.

There have been some ups and downs for you this year, with certain plans not quite coming together as you’d hoped. Despite any changes in your personal life or detours in your regular schedule, you are starting to feel clearer and more confident about where you’re at, and where you’re headed.

Finally, you’re catching a break—and the best part is, the change starts from within. You’re starting to see that not every decision has to be endlessly deliberated, or that you don’t need to feel so afraid about taking that leap of faith—the thing that matters most is that you follow through on your intentions, and trust that everything else will fall into place as it needs to.

If you do one thing this month:

Think about something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to. Start to plan out how to make it happen before the end of the year.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Take care of yourself, Cancer. As one of the most empathic signs of the zodiac, you don’t just feel your feelings, but all of the world’s feelings, too. And this spring has been particularly challenging for an energetic sponge like yourself. There’s been so much news to take in, so many unanswered questions and so much anxiety in the world.

May is earmarked as a time for you to redraw your boundaries if you need to. To take the time to get clearer about what you value most in your day to day life, and how you want to have more time for those precious moments moving forward.

Where are you giving more than you’re able to?
What do you need to get back to, or where do you need to get re-focused?

It’s OK to put your own needs at the top of the priority list right now.

If you do one thing this month:

Take a moment to yourself each day to do something that is just for you. It can be simple, like making a cup of tea, eating your favourite snack or taking a break to daydream.

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Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Creativity is your outlet this month, Leo. Pour it into all that you do.

Remember that art does not have to fit an institutionalized definition here. Your creativity can flourish through the meals you make at home. Or through the ways you put together new looks with old pieces that are hiding out in the back of your closet. Your creativity can come through the ways you use your words, or present your ideas in your emails, texts and social media updates.

Everything you do can be your art if you allow for it. What will you make memorable right now? How can you turn even the simplest actions into conversation starters?

If you do one thing this month:

Choose one thing every day to put your creative spin on. Challenge yourself to use your imagination all month long.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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So far, 2020 has brought unexpected breakthroughs and eye-opening realizations for you. Has it all been comfortable? No—but growth is not always easy.

This month, the fog begins to lift as you see beyond the veil of illusions that kept you mesmerized for far too long. You are starting to see something for what it really is, and you’re ready to undo the fantasies that it inspired. Your understanding of how your work, your purpose and your personal life can look is going through a dramatic shift this year. You are ready to set your sights on new horizons that feel more aligned to what really matters to you. Give yourself permission to live with the authenticity you crave.

If you do one thing this month:

Get a pack of seeds, a pot and some soil. Set an intention that supports your personal growth this month. Plant the seeds as symbols of what you are inviting into your life next.

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Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Go easy on yourself this month, Libra. You might find yourself feeling out of sorts these days, questioning your plans, ideas and even your sense of identity.

What the stars suggest for you in May is to stop putting so much pressure on yourself to get everything “right” every time. Be silly, or spontaneous. Try not to be too serious right now. Hold off on big decisions or deep projects if it’s possible. If it’s not, balance out the big things in life with guilty pleasures.

Get messy, unpredictable, or unconventional. Let yourself break a routine. Or do something half-way. Take the easy route when you usually go the extra mile. See how it feels to loosen up, go with the flow and release any expectations of yourself.

If you do one thing this month:

Do you know the term “colour outside the lines”? Make that your motto this month, Libra.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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In your own world much, Scorpio? While Gemini season tends to send everyone into a networking frenzy, you are not having that right now.

Instead, you are craving deep, restorative “me” time. You want long, full days to get lost in your work, your thoughts and your passions. Whatever is on your to-do list for the day, you want to give it your full attention.

You don’t have the energy this month for more Skype meetings, phone calls or other disruptions. While it’s not always possible to remove yourself from the world completely, do try to honour that call for quieter days as best you can. Say no to any meetings that you’re not required to be at. Politely decline any invitations to catch up if you’re not feeling it. Put your phone on silent, turn off your notifications and let your mind and body relax into whatever it’s time to focus on first.

If you do one thing this month:

Challenge yourself to a 30-day meditation practice to clear your thoughts, enhance your focus and give yourself the breathing room you need right now.

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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

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What do you place your faith in? Jupiter, your ruler, stations retrograde in Capricorn on May 14, signalling an important shift for you.

One lesson that may surface this month is that you can’t control what others think, believe or say. Knowledge is of high value to you, but this month might have you admitting that there are arguments you just can’t win, no matter how badly you want to. Putting energy into disagreements, or trying to convince someone to see it your way, might be preventing you from taking the action that you want to see in the world.

Be the change, Sagittarius, not the soapbox. Jupiter’s retrograde period will help you tone down some of the fire you feel inside so that you can put your ideas into something more constructive, and productive.

If you do one thing this month:

What change do you want to make? Hold yourself accountable to your beliefs by taking action to create the world you want to live in.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

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The events of 2020 have brought some things into sharp focus for you. You’re starting the month off with a much clearer picture of how you want to show up in the world, and what kind of work you really want to be doing.

While you are known as a sign that is capable of making die-hard commitments, it doesn’t mean you have to slog through something that is no longer working for you. You gave it a try, put the time in and now you’re ready to move on.

By mid-month, you can start to let go of what no longer serves you. These changes don’t just relate to work you find unfulfilling; they also start from within, as your whole identity is up for re-evaluation right now. You are ready to say yes to more of what you want, and do way less of what you don’t.

If you do one thing this month:

Edit your schedule. Review all of your commitments, routines and the rules you create for yourself around what you should do and when, and see what needs changing up—or crossing off your list for good.

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Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

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2020 has brought plenty of ebbs and flows for you. One minute you feel like you’re getting ahead with something, and the next you run into an obstacle. May brings you some much-needed stability into your life, and some new perspective to help you make sense of it all.

Saturn, your traditional ruler, stations retrograde in your sign on Monday, May 11. This will help you retrace some of your steps from earlier this year and get a second chance on something that felt like a missed opportunity the first time around.

This month also signals a time when you can fix some cracks in your foundation when it comes to your sense of security in the world. Pay close attention to where you need to put in some extra work when it comes to managing your time, money, and ideas—the universe is here to lend a hand in those departments.

If you do one thing this month:

Review your budget, savings plan and time-management skills to take more control over energy or money leaks.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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People need you this month, Pisces. Your friends and family are turning to you for your wisdom, your patience and your perspective. It’s been a turbulent year and you are pegged as the one to help others find the inspiration and motivation they need right now. You are the artist with a vision, the spiritual warrior with a message, the trusted friend who will deliver the hardest truths in the gentlest tones.

Whatever your modes of expression are—be it poetry, tarot, healing work, art, music—the skies urge you to use your talents as tools to uplift others right now. People want to hear from you, and they want to receive your gifts.

If you do one thing this month:

How can you be of service to your community at this time? Think of something you can create or offer to show your support—whether it’s writing a song, or offering a listening ear to someone in need. It all counts.

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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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State your mission, Aries. Lean into the truths that have surfaced for you this spring and begin to express them as best you can.

Mars, your ruler, is treading through the deep, ethereal waters of Pisces until late June. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, the place where eras come to an end, and where you can prepare for your next chapter. These waters are where your personal evolution takes priority.

This month, you are asked to wrap up any beliefs, attitudes or commitments no longer serve you on your next journey. The coming months will bring an initiation period for you where you will begin to walk new paths, and you won’t have time to carry around any old baggage.

If you do one thing this month:

Write down a personal manifesto stating your values, ideals and all that you stand for now.

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