Stars + Strategy
The stars either work with you or against you and it all depends on whether you know what their up to or not. This monthly forecast sets up you to take advantage of these powerful forces. Using the stars strategically helps you clear the pathway to your success and achieve your personal, professional and financial triumph.
May 2023 Summary
From the annual forecast:
May: Universal Support
Sun signs – Taurus & Gemini
The stars do everything in their power to give you a boost. They gather the shaking you received in March 2020 and tell you, “It’s time. Now, it’s up to you to reclaim your unique gifts. The world needs you. It’s time. We’re doing everything we can, are you?” Luxury, ease and abundance is all around you. Can you see it? Will you see it? Relief is right in front of you. It’s here – open your eyes. Better yet, open your mind. Best yet, open your heart.
Big Star Events: (in chronological order)
- May 1st – Pluto retrograde
- May 5th – Lunar Eclipse
- May 14th – Mercury direct
- May 16th – Jupiter enters Taurus @ 0°
- May 17th – Jupiter square Pluto @ 0°
- Mars is active – sextile Ceres, trine Neptune; opposite Pluto; square Jupiter
Big Star Event: Pluto Retrograde
Pluto retrograde – May 1 – October 10 @ Aquarius 0° – Capricorn 27°
Since Pluto so recently entered the sign of Aquarius, this initial retrograde time is especially powerful. No one alive has felt Pluto retrograde in Aquarius as the last time was the late 1780’s. New territory is entered.
These 4+ months are also a reminder of the confrontation between Saturn and Uranus from January 2021 – October 2022. Your past and future wrangle for your attention, while Pluto makes you see yourself in wholeness. What have you been doing right? What have you gotten wrong? Pluto also asks you to go with your intuition to determine your forward direction. Your intuition becomes your best advisor during this period.
This is also a time to fully understand your power and to realize how others around you are using theirs (for or against you). Power plays, hidden agendas and secret lore is a fascination. Focus on you and let the drama around you fall away.
Week 1: May 1st – May 7th
Access the desire for home renovations and design as they take center stage. Success, love and money are boosted mid-week. Heart-based leadership gains ground and allows the deepening of connection with the right people and engagement with the appropriate opportunities.
Avoid busyness, confusion and fake information. The mind runs amuck, all stirred up, with nowhere to go. Money issues arise and imbalances with others are crazy-making. What’s real? What’s fake? It’s impossible to tell.
Tips: Spend time appreciating your home, giving it a loving boost. Balance your checkbook and check your financial position. Your investments are asking you to pay attention. Your power and influence awaits. Drop into your heart and your inner knowing to avoid the cacophony around you.
Week 2: May 8th – May 14th
Access patience and discipline as fortitude and energy become available for your health and wellbeing. Your life purpose comes up for question, along with rewards and recognition when you’re on your true path. Unexpected change jolts you at the beginning of the week creating shock waves throughout every area of your life. Your future is here now.
Avoid the divergent energies pulling you toward complacency and lassitude or drive and aggression. The push-pull can tear you apart until you align your energy with the cosmic ones. Your inner drive doesn’t withstand a chance against the cosmic one. Flex and flow are called for right now.
Tips: Be patient throughout the week, no matter what happens. Your mature response is rewarded versus a negative reflex. Trust that all will be revealed and is for your highest and best. Analyze, assess and adjust to get on the pathway of your true purpose. Develop a healthy routine for your overall wellbeing.
Mercury stations direct on the 14th with the post shadow period lasting until May 31st.
Week 3: May 15th – May 21st
Access the creative, artistic and romantic leanings as well as the intuitive nudges. Luxurious, supportive energies as well as indulging in a new look with style and flair. Suddenly you want to take center stage. You have the courage and bravado to make yourself known in the world. Your influence and genius shines for all to see.
Avoid power plays, greedy or lack reactions to others stepping into your lane. Competition rises as selfish and entitled tendencies seem completely normal. Forces of fight or flight distract you from your purpose. Hurt feelings and sensitivities are glossed over, leaving you wondering whether you’ve been gaslit. (The answer is yes by-the-way).
Tips: Be visible. Take the time to ponder what you want to say and say it. State your great ideas and solutions with conviction. Get creative with your artistic pursuits. Drop into romance, especially at the beginning of the week. Be social at the end of the week.
Big Star Events:
May 16th @ 1:19 pm ET Jupiter ingres Taurus
Jupiter enters Taurus showcasing how hard work and compassionate effort bring luck, fortune and ease. This is a time of humble prosperity, lasting abundance and comfort and luxury. Financial security gets a boost with this transit. Success finds meaning and power quiets to lay sustainable pillars in business and money pursuits. The Earth benefits from innovation, research and wealthy philanthropy. Be mindful to avoid over-extension as excessive risk-taking can lead to bad ends.
May 17 @ 9:10 pm ET Taurus Jupiter square Aquarius Pluto at 0°
At zero degrees, this configuration sparks new beginnings that bring lasting change as both are in the fixed signs of Taurus and Aquarius.
The first part of the cycle begins back in March 2020 when Jupiter blends with Pluto, sparking this new cycle. This is the opening of the energy.
It’s all or nothing. Personal possessions, values and luxuries compete with societal norms and conventions. This is a shake-up to the core – individuality is at cross-purposes with the collective. Saturn and Uranus laid the groundwork throughout 2021 and 2022, but that was a grind, a slow-mover, a frustrating act of ‘let’s get on with it.’ Be careful what you wish for now, it’s all or nothing.
Week 4: May 22nd – May 28th
Access the burst of energy to break out in the world, get on stage, sparkle and shine. Massive success awaits mid-week. Responsible choices, long-term focus and strategic growth are the cosmic intention this week. Surprisingly new, zany ideas come out to play. New ways of appreciating your value to open your financial flow just needs a positive response.
Avoid questioning and second guessing. Urges to taking the easy and fastest route abound. Leaping without any clear direction and saying yes to the first thing that presents itself is likely to bring you short-term gains, but long-term losses.
Tips: Move into your intuition to affirm the new, even when it seems too far out there. Be wary of things that sound too good to be true with promises of, “Simple, easy, 1-2-3”. Ask questions, prod and prompt. Assess the answers you’re given. Do they seem genuine? Does the person or company have your best interest at heart? Take care to act within your own tendencies as excessive risk-taking isn’t the answer. Be responsible and go with the flow, without losing your footing.
The Moon phases help manifest things you want, celebrate things you have and get rid of things you no longer want. Here are the phases and what you should do:
- The New Moon is for setting your strategy.
- From the New to Full Moon, it’s the time to manifest, appreciate and create.
- The Full Moon is for taking stock in gratitude and refinement.
- From the Full to New Moon, it’s the time to celebrate, release and merge.
Full Moon: Is this mine or yours?
Details: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon Sun in Taurus/Moon in Scorpio 15° at 1:36 pm ET
From the annual forecast:
WHAT’S MINE & WHAT’S YOURS?
A penumbral eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow isn’t fully covering the Moon’s reflection of the Sun. It’s a darker, softer ecliptic energy.
The Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio opposes what my life means to me by myself and what my life means to me with you in it. Balancing between the two brings satisfaction and pleasure into relationships. When out of balance, either I’m satisfied or you are, but not both. Thankfully, Venus and Jupiter provide a positive blast of thought provoking love energy during this lunar eclipse.
Positively, sharing and coming together is the antidote to the imbalance. Negatively, being selfish, accusatory and dramatic relieves the tension, but doesn’t create the lasting change required to bring real relief.
This has been going on since November 2021 and will come to its natural conclusion during the next eclipse in October.
New Moon: Power of Now
Details: May 19 New Moon in Taurus 28° at 11:55 am ET
This super cuspy New Moon in Taurus also includes a stellium with Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus and the North Node here too. These are powerful forces supporting your entry into the new way of living and leading. Pluto’s pressure with Mars and Jupiter gives you all of the tenacity, energy and drive to make things happen to bring your future into the present. What are you willing to do? How are you willing to say YES to yourself? Now is the time.
The oracle cards bring insight into what’s coming for the month. They give your mind something to focus on and remember as you go through the days and weeks. You can ponder the card or go into the guidance in the book when you need more than mental reminders.
The power of animal and crystal energy are easy to employ to help you create the success and satisfaction you desire. Spirit animals are always willing to assist. Simply call on the animal to bring it into focus and ponder its meaning.
For crystals, grab the crystal and put it on your desk, purse or kitchen table. You want to align with your success and this month’s stone helps you do that.
For flower essences, put 3 drops into water 3 times a day and feel the gentle support for your body and emotions.
Oracle card: #8 The Path
Queen of the Moon oracle cards, Stacey Demarco, and her message is “The way is open for you; the path is illuminated… and now is the time to walk upon it.” You see it, don’t you? Or you at least feel it… the path… or the fact that you are not on it. When we are on our path, we feel comfortable, at ease, in the flow of all that is unfolding. When we are off-path, it can feel as if we are walking through molasses or a fog, unable to even imagine where we will end up.
When we accept where we are, acknowledge what needs to change to grow and begin to love ourselves more completely, the direction of our lives begins to change…. our desires become more aligned with the needs, wants and values of our true selves.” Allow the magical flow to open the pathway before you.
Crystal: Celestial Quartz
The soul is set free from the trappings of the human condition when sufficient work is done toward true life purpose. The calling and mission are revealed through the Akashic Records with the help of this crystal. This stone is known as the Candle Quartz, due to its revealing or shedding light amidst confusion or lack of direction. This crystal supports healing of Mother Earth through the alignment of her inhabitants.
Seek respite in the Celestial Quartz to help you release old patterns and wounding to bring the cellular body into vitality and vibrancy.
Moving from savior mentality to the bearer of light conserves energy, allows for deeper understanding and opens self-acceptance. Instead of outwardly focusing on getting people on board with your ideals and beliefs, you focus inwardly gaining poise and objectivity. Nervous, impulsive and excessive behavior dissolves into mature authority. You illume from within to inspire and influence. Your impact grows along with your relaxed wisdom.
Spirit Animal: Squirrel
Deal with all of the changes upon you by lightening up and handling each and every thing as it comes up. No procrastinating – the time is now. Focus on your own pathway, without distraction or shiny-object syndrome as this is about you and no one else. This isn’t a race or competition. Your soul is calling you to be fleet of foot without excessive baggage. Are you ready to answer its call?
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Queen of the Moon oracle cards, Stacey Demarco
INTUITIVE TYPE FORECASTS
Following my success-making Do You Know, Like and Trust Yourself ™ methodology, tap into the energies of your Intuitive Success Type for the best results this month.
Wise Strategist – You love the slower pace and the call to focus on what’s before you. You can step through your to-do list in a linear fashion. Oh, sweet heaven – finally! Keeping an eye on the long-term without distraction helps you stay on the pathway of your true purpose. Having an open heart and mind isn’t difficult for you right now. Take advantage. Develop a routine to connect your mind and your heart – Mercury helps you do this in his retrograde state. Also, remind yourself to ignore the noise and chaos flowing around you. It’s not yours. Make that your mantra.
Intuitive Visionary – Dealing with the tension of your desire to claim your current brilliance and genius with the abundance of new ideas and solutions is crazy-making. The allure to capture and make progress on the old, the now and the new gets to be too much. Your mind swims with possibility, yet no one is ready or available to hear you until the end of the month. Ugh. You have so much to say and want to say it now. However, take my advice and wait. It’ll be worth it for two reasons. #1 – you’ll weave your ideas and solutions for even more brilliance and #2, people will be able to relate to your ideas. If don’t wait, you burn through your energy without gaining any ground. When the time comes toward the end of the month, you’ll have the energy to beguile and inspire.
Collaborative Explorer – You can see and feel the hidden agendas and power plays, but they don’t become evident until mid-month. It’s as if there are two months for you, split exactly in the middle. During the first ½ of the month, gather your ideas and energies without casual engagement with lots of people. Keep it small, targeted and deep. Revisit those you’ve reached out to in the past. Make a more solid connection with them. There’s hidden treasure here. In the 2nd ½ of the month, people sense what you’ve known all along. They’re ready to hear from you now. Amplify your engagement. Better yet, make plans at the beginning of the month to connect with small groups of people or teams to talk (or present) to them at the end of the month.
Ruling Warrior – Your impatience has reached its highest point. You have no tolerance for waiting another moment. It’s been too long as it is. You rail against the meandering energies without forward movement. You don’t have the time or inclination to take it slow. So, no. You rebel and end up getting nowhere. It’s best you take this opportunity to streamline and optimize. Better yet, plan a team or client retreat. You can get everyone on board with your vision when you plan how you’re going to communicate and engage them. Your growth explodes when you take the time to solidify your foundation. Expansion without solid footing doesn’t last. The roller coaster you abhor continues. It’s best to use the energetic forces when they’re available. May is your time for strategy and planning, not sales and growth.
Creative Superstar – There is so much surprise and delight with the creative energies, available solutions and unexpected connections. The zany and sassy energies lift you up and give you the boost you’ve been desiring for too long. Get clear on your definition, stay in your lane and keep your eye on the prize. Your value deepens when you gather yourself this month. Express gratitude and appreciation with an open heart. Creating solid footing this month makes June into a bonanza of value for you. You can still have fun by getting romantic and social. Indulge in a few well-thought extravagances. You deserve them.
Loving Alchemist – You want it and you want it now. Enough already. The swirling and back-and-forth forces have stripped away your patience. You think you want to shine brightly and brilliantly, yet have you focused on yourself and your offerings? Are you well-positioned to make a burst onto the scene or have you been swept up in other’s dramas? Pluto retrograde hits you hard and your heart knows your best bet is to drop into your heart’s wisdom to find the treasure offered there. But, your mind beckons, ‘It’s been so long, surely now’s the time.” No, it’s not. Any and all outward effort this month backfires. Gather your value and wrap it around you. June is your time.
May is complicated with a push-and-pull of energies driving your mind crazy and your will wild. Patience is called for, but it’s been the mantra for too long now. You’ve worked so hard and so diligently, where are the rewards? For those who’ve said the insane HELL YES, your time has come. You will see gains this month with concerted focus and openly expressed appreciation for all of your growth to date. For those who’ve played it safe and held on to the comfortable and familiar – you’ll keep getting pushed until you say yes to yourself. Why are you waiting? The star force only grows in pressure from this point forward.
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Kim Woods, Business Strategist & Master Astrologer, is on a mission is to create rich and powerful leaders through her success-making Do You Know, Like and Trust Yourself™ Methodology that combines ancient feminine wisdom with masculine logical strength. She teaches business leaders how to achieve their personal, professional and financial triumph. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and welcomes her children, Nick and Katy, when they return home from college. She loves being on the ocean, gardening and cooking.