By Suzanne Gerber
ARIES (March 21–April 19): And you thought April was a slow month! In May, three planets shift into retrograde motion, which means—sorry, Aries—you may experience delays getting something new off the ground. The first to pivot is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th) and Jupiter (14th), which can leave you feeling like you’re spinning your wheels. While this will be frustrating, redirect your energy to projects you can make headway on now, even if nothing goes public.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20): If you loved the nice slow speed that April operated at, you’re going to love May! Three planets shift into retrograde motion, meaning new ventures will likely be delayed even longer. Luckily, Taurus, you have the patience of a, well, bull, and are a pro at filling your life with pleasant home-based distraction. Notice what you’re feeling as these planets pivot: first Saturn (on the 11th), then your ruler, Venus (13th), and Jupiter (14th). You might have an aha moment that week!
GEMINI (May 21–June 20): Chomping at the bit yet, Gemini? Your restless sign is probably feeling very challenged by stay-at-home policies, but hopefully you’re getting out (safely) and, knowing you, tearing up the Zoom calls. Sorry to report, but things aren’t going to return to your normal warp speed in May. Three planets shift into retrograde motion—Saturn (on the 11th), Venus (13th) then Jupiter (14 h)—so get creative about staying entertained and inspired!
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Just when you intuitively felt like things were going to start moving forward again, wham! Three planets shift into retrograde motion this month, meaning you may experience (more) delays getting something up and running. First to pivot is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th), followed by Jupiter (14th), which can give you a disappointing sense of déjà vu all over again. But with a full moon (your ruler) on the 7th in your romance sector, you’ve got something to look forward to!
LEO (July 23–August 22): And you thought April was slow! Sorry, Leo, but May doesn’t look much livelier. Three planets turn retrograde this month, so you might as well prepare for more delays. (But hey, you can still dream!) The first to backshift is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th), followed by Jupiter (14th), which might feel like déjà vu all over again. But with your ruler, the Sun, in your career corner till the 20th, it’s worth doing all you can now, if only virtually.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Ready, set, halt! Sorry, Virgo, but if you thought April was a slow month, May probably won’t offer much relief. On top of coronavirus, this month three planets turn retrograde, suggesting more delays with professional or creative ventures. The first to backflip is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th), followed by Jupiter (14th), all in your work and innovation houses. But work on your own projects and be ready to pull the metaphoric trigger when things finally do open back up!
LIBRA (September 23–October 22): May is one of your favorite months, Libra, but 2020 may prove the exception. (Sorry! Don’t shoot the messenger.) Following a slow April, May probably takes it down a notch as three planets turn retrograde in your sectors of work, service and adventure. The first to backflip is Saturn (on the 11th), then your ruler, Venus (13th), followed by Jupiter (14th). Good projects? Feng Shui your bedroom, make a work-related offer and research the trip you’ll take when restrictions lift.
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21): Might as well accept it, Scorpio: This probably isn’t the month singles will meet their match or engaged couples will pull off a delayed wedding. In the middle of May, three big-deal planets turn retrograde: first Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th), followed by Jupiter (14th). Sorry, but this will probably result in more delays and mounting frustration. But be creative with what you can do. Contact your muse and make art, dance or start writing your memoir!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21): We know that as an adventurous and optimistic Sag, you were chomping at the bit all last month and have hope highs for May. Well, sorry to have to say it, but three big-deal planets turn retrograde in the same week, suggesting more of the same. The first to pivot is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th) followed by your ruler, (normally) jovial Jupiter (14th). It’s not the same, but hopefully you are finding all the inspiration you need…virtually.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): And you thought April was a slow month! Sorry to say this, Cap, but May probably won’t be much more high-energy. Still, there are plenty of ways to be productive, which no one knows better than a Capricorn. This month, three planets turn retrograde— is your ruler, Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th) and Jupiter (14th)—which is an invitation to review your work of the previous several weeks and correct or refine anything that’s not letter-perfect!
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18): Just when you thought you’d seen the last of “all this” and were making plans for how to celebrate your “freedom” in May, three big-deal planets shift into retrograde, likely bringing more delays with romance, finances and a personal project. (Sorry!) The first to backflip is your co-ruler Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th) followed by Jupiter (14th). What can you review or revise now so it’ll be picture-perfect next month? Let yourself be motivated by that!
PISCES (February 18–March 20): Even if you enjoyed April’s slow pace, you’re probably ready to be “sprung.” Sorry, Pisces, but with three planets turning retrograde, May probably won’t offer much relief. The first to backflip is Saturn (on the 11th), then Venus (13th), followed by your co-ruler Jupiter (14th). Hopefully you’ve become a master of video-chatting and are keeping up with your closest peeps. This is a good time to meditate and tackle that huge book you keep waiting for “enough time” for!
Suzanne Gerber, a locally based intuitive astrologer, shamanic/energy practitioner and spiritual life coach, is available for phone readings and healing sessions by appointment: https://www.starsandstoneshealing.com/booking.