As the gentle month of May begins four planets are retrograding, a leftover situation that began last month. All signs of the zodiac are affected as they need to slow down and reflect upon various aspects of their lives. In your case, Cancer, home and family matters are the big focus. Jupiter is back stroking through your fourth house of family and security; Pluto is retro in the serious relationship sector; and Saturn is retrograde in the sector that governs household chores and efficiency.
Soooo….if you’re doing all of the grunt work at home, while a spouse or roommate or kids or siblings slack, chances are you’re not going to be happy about it. And why should you be? There could be other issues bubbling to the surface, such as making the decision to move to a new place or allowing a parent to move in with you. The good thing about these planets in retrograde is that they’ll force you to slow down and assess what’s going on. The bad thing is that other people may be slow to make decisions, such as putting the house on the market or saying yes to a custody agreement.
You might reach the end of your rope with loved ones around the time of the new moon on the 24th, at which time you’ll say “enough is enough.” This lunation occurs in your twelfth house of closure, so it’s actually an excellent time to close the door on anything that doesn’t work for you anymore: a flabby body, dead end job, toxic romance, frenemies, negative thought patterns and bad memories from the past.
Mars is in the same sector as May begins, really ramping up your desire to clean house, metaphorically speaking. When the Sun enters this part of the sky on the 20th the feeling will only intensify. Days to watch are the 11th, when your temper could rise as someone isn’t being open with you; the 12th, a happier day when you can really express yourself to someone close or meet a new lover; the 29th, when you realize that you just can’t do all of the work by yourself, whether it’s at home or the office; and the 30th, a smart day to say adios to a job or career level that doesn’t match your skill set or income requirements.
Your career picks up steam once Mercury goes direct in Aries on the 3rd. Deals and job interviews that may have been stuck can now move forward. The messenger planet will be moving to a different house on the 16th, so hustle between the 3rd and 16th. Send out resumes, pitch to clients and wrap up negotiations. There is a bright side to Mercury moving on, because it heads into your eleventh house of networking and technology. Save website launches and social media campaigns for after the 16th and hit them hard. This is also an auspicious time to rub elbows with industry people at trade shows, seminars and cocktail parties.
May presents a number of positive aspects for achieving your goals, and some of them involve partnering with a collaborator or group that can help you move forward. The 3rd and the 28th are good days to present your cutting edge ideas to a group; the 9th is super for shaking hands on a deal or forming a partnership, as is the 10th; you can impress higher-ups with your work ethic on the 11th and 19th; and the 30th is excellent for making quiet inquiries about another job or snooping the competition.
But May won’t be just about goal achievement, unless one of your goals is to improve your love life! The full moon on the 10th occurs in your fifth house of romance and joie de vivre. As full moons tend to bring things to completion, something very important to you may finally come to pass: getting engaged, conceiving a baby, meeting the parents, finding a new lover or simply opening up a fresh, exciting chapter in an existing relationship.
The only warning comes from a tense Mars-Neptune square that takes place the next day. Singles, don’t fall hard and fast for a newbie love without getting to know them first. All Cancers must make sure that they are on the same page with their amour, whether you’re on your third date or celebrating 30 years together. A helpful Sun-Pluto trine will enable you to hold serious discussions about where you stand.
This topic will come up again at the time of the new moon two weeks later on the 24th. If the two of you don’t agree on big issues, this could be a break point. A theme that runs through your chart all month is that of your workload and how it may be affecting your personal life. Trust me, if you’ve been logging long hours at the office or bringing the stress home with you, you’ll hear about it—probably on the 19th. On the flip side, if you’re being taken for granted the new moon and cosmic activity on the 29th could end up being the last straw.
Try to clear out lingering issues and problems before the month ends, Cancer. Your birthday season is approaching and you want to travel as baggage-free into the future as possible!