Aries: 9-15 May 2016
Trust Jupiter, Aries. This planet is a lasting symbol of opportunity, growth and improvement. This week we see Jupiter standing still, just before he makes a stunning pattern with Venus. He will then go on to bless your lifestyle, in particular, until September. Lifestyle is a loose term which needs to cover your relationship with your own body, and your understanding of how the mind and spirit affect your physical being, as much as your physical being affects the rest. None of this can happen without also factoring in the daily grind – work and housework, or study – and of course this also matters more, when Jupiter is in the practical sign of Virgo. What else matters now? As you read last week, May is very much about your money, possessions, house, apartment, business or charity. It’s in a state of flux until June, because of Mercury Retrograde and all his famous delays, misinterpretation, missed messages, technical errors and the rest. Treat this as the first attempt or first draft.
Taurus: 9-15 May 2016
You may already have found your trump card in 2016 to be the generation born 20 years or more after you. If so, let’s hope you have played your trump card and will continue to play it solidly until September. Children, godchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and youth as a whole can bring you nothing but good, particularly this week. The Fifth House of your chart (where we find Jupiter distributing his benefits this week) also describes lovers. Not any old lover – the very particular kind who could make you a parent, Aunt, Uncle or co-godparent one day. It may help to remember that Jupiter rules the Oak tree in astrology. The phrase ‘from little acorns, big oak trees grow’ now applies to your lover. The next seven days also sees ongoing emphasis on your profile, reputation and perhaps your personal appearance. Allow for the usual to-and-fro situations with this, as Mercury is not himself. If you are having your portrait painted, for example, be aware that the artist may get on the wrong train!
Gemini: 9-15 May 2016
You are in a fantastic position to do so much more with your house, apartment, family and/or household from this week forward. Jupiter, the planet which symbolises growth and improvement, is now making his presence felt in your chart. You have until September to do all that you wish, and if you are a long-term thinker, you may be curious to know that the benefits for your property or family may be felt 12 years into the future. The Fourth House of your chart not only rules your flatmates, relatives, bedrooms, garden, bathroom and the rest – it also rules your wider home. By this I mean your home town or country. If you are Gemini Boris Johnson it is London and Great Britain. The door is open if you wish to explore a more meaningful relationship with your nation, or your particular part of the map. This week also sees renewed focus on the secrets you hide from other people. Alternatively, the shadowy nature of the Twelfth House patterns suggests a role behind the scenes or in the wings – unseen. Please allow for delays and changes with this until June.
Cancer: 9-15 May 2016
The Third House of your horoscope is ruled by Gemini and Mercury in the natural zodiac. It is associated with the internet, multimedia and publishing. It also rules spoken-word presentation (speeches or debating) and sign language. Jupiter can only pass over this spot in your chart once every 12 years, and this week he is also doing something rare — he is standing still, revving his engine. Jupiter is a symbol of good fortune, solutions, expansion and growth. To the Romans, he was Jupiter Optimus Maximus and we still associate optimism and maximisation with this ancient planet and religious archetype. The time has come to run with all this, Cancer. You have a short time for the project, plan or idea in question (Jupiter moves on in September) so please set or perhaps relaunch a deadline. This week is also very much about groups and friends, as it was last week. Very close to Monday I am sure you will see the full impact of Mercury Retrograde with all his famous poor communication, technical errors, false statements, and the rest. Sometimes the issue is just freakish weather or the dog eating the post. Allow some time for this to sort itself out.
Leo: 9-15 May 2016
The Second House of your horoscope describes the money you make or save by yourself, and also the precious possessions you can snap up at bargain prices – or acquire free. It describes the house, apartment, jewellery or art which might go up enormously in value, but it is also about the charity you give your time or money to. On a business level we always look to the Second House for shares, company profits and so on. I mention all this because you are in a fantastic position to make or save money (or cash in kind) from this week forward. Perhaps this is an offshoot of what is happening with your career. Your job, role, goal, projects and plans are all accented now. So is your unpaid work, your full-time role as parent – or your university degree. I am sure you would prefer a world where discussions went smoothly and quickly, or paperwork landed neatly at your feet. Instead you must put up with delays or changes, yet by early June these are out of the way.
Virgo: 9-15 May 2016
If you are savvy, you will have snapped up every opportunity you have been given in the last six months, to improve your image, enhance your reputation, or add to your personal appearance. Such opportunities must have seemed quite marvellous in terms of their ease and timing, but they are down to Jupiter’s rare cycle in Virgo, your own sign, which can only happen every 12 years. This week Jupiter will stand still in your sign, which is the equivalent of being given a rocket launcher. Between now and your birthday, you must snap up all the possibilities, suggestions, offers and introductions coming your way, as this is definitely a case of ‘Use it or lose it.’ This week also sees a continued emphasis on the sign of Taurus, which rules the places you travel to , or move to. It also rules books and the internet; education and academia; beliefs and philosophies. You might call it the biggest of all possible big pictures. Just be aware of the delays, changes or reversals which happen on the Mercury Retrograde cycle now (and Mercury is your ruler, too).
Libra: 9-15 May 2016
You are about to see amazing benefits from the Twelfth House of your horoscope, so it is worth exploring what this house means in astrology and why it matters. We associate the Twelfth House with the unconscious mind, the soul and the spirit. It is linked to the etheric or astral body and also that part of you which dreams. Oddly enough, we associate anaesthesia, dreaming and deep meditation with the Twelfth House. It is also very much about the secrets you might spill, when drunk. So, the Twelfth House describes your confidential concerns and your classified information, funnily enough. This week will show you why you stand to gain so much from this rather mysterious house of your chart, and it is the gift that goes on giving, as you will see by September. On a more practical note, you may need to spin your wheels with the money, house, business, charity, possessions or apartment. Allow for reversals, changes or delays.
Scorpio: 9-15 May 2016
It looks as though Monday and Friday (give or take a day either side) are deadlines for decisions about your opponent, opposition, rival or enemy. If love is more important to you than war, then the judgement call is about your former, current or potential partner. Very occasionally the partnerships on this cycle are purely professional or strictly business, but they more usually describe marriage or common-law marriage. I am sure you know all about the Mercury Retrograde cycle by now, as I have been writing about it at length for some time, in the hopes of warning you about the inevitable delays, reversals or changes. This conversation is not final. This news is not the end bulletin. This paper trail may be circular. Please bear that in mind as you proceed, Scorpio. The other issue now is friendship and particularly group or communal thinking – the hive mind that sustains any society, club, team, committee and so on. You are in a fantastic position to take full advantage of who and what is on offer. It’s a safety net and also a passport to better things.
Sagittarius: 9-15 May 2016
Your ruling planet Jupiter stands still this week, which is a very big deal in astrology and has fantastic implications for your career. By ‘career’ I also mean your unpaid work, your university degree or your full-time role as a parent. I hope you have been snapping up all the opportunities to add lustre to your reputation and weight to your curriculum vitae, this year. You might also remember just how much better off you were, in the closing months of last year. Now, all this gathers speed. It is time to up the ante, Sagittarius. What else is going on now? Well, you do have a double whammy in your horoscope, as we also have a lot of focus on the Sixth House of your chart. The Sixth House is not about the sensational achievements, status and success of the Tenth house, where Jupiter currently rests. Rather, it is about the daily grind of doing your duty and performing a service. Many details here are yet to be nailed down and that won’t happen, once and for all, until June. Please allow for that.
Capricorn: 9-15 May 2016
You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. You can be led to the opportunities presented by travel, or study, or even moving – yet you may not be interested. This applies to the closing months of last year as much as it does to the present. Of course, there are quite a few Capricorns out there with personal planets in Sagittarius, the sign of the traveller, student of life and explorer. Perhaps you are one of these people in which case you won’t need asking twice. The stage is set for you to explore other parts of your own region, or other countries. These will provide some of your very best memories of 2016 if you begin your little adventure this week. Alternatively, people from completely different foreign, cultural or religious backgrounds may be around you, opening up your world. Sometimes the expansion on this cycle is intellectual or spiritual, so you may find you have a stunning advantage with the internet, publishing, religion or other belief systems, like theoretical quantum physics. What else is important now? It has to be the children or the serious lover. This is an ongoing theme in May, but you must spin your wheels backwards and forwards until the end of the month and perhaps the opening days of June. Allow for that. Nothing is fixed, firm, finished or final on this cycle.
Aquarius: 9-15 May 2016
You are about to be shown solutions or opportunities with the house, business, bank account, income, apartment, company, charity or possessions. Jupiter is the ancient Roman symbol of abundance, hope, expansion and growth and he is about to stand still in the Eighth House of your horoscope. This is very much about deadly serious agreements (like a mortgtage, a legacy or life insurance). Alternatively the bond may be sexually intimate, like a typical marriage and its joint bank account, or shared car. Jupiter will be on your side until September so it is important that you take full advantage of this cycle while it lasts. It would be no surprise to hear that your family wealth or assets, the rental bond, your mortgage, lease or property value is the issue. Right now, we have a big emphasis on your people or your place. The full story is changing all the time, yet you will know exactly where you stand by the first week of June. Until then allow for delays, reversals, changes.
Pisces: 9-15 May 2016
You are about to be shown answers, opportunities and tremendous hope for the future where your partner is concerned. This also applies to a former or potential partner. Finally, in this unusual cycle, it is sometimes your opponent, opposition or rival who can actually benefit you. A weak opponent, for example, can be a fantastic piece of luck. Most commonly, the transit of Jupiter in your Seventh House, coming to a standstill this week, signals welcome, overdue progress with or for your partner. Possible lovers and former soulmates can also be the channel for the traditional blessings Jupiter supplies on his twelve-year cycle. If you are single and someone interesting crosses your radar, hop to it. Timing is everything. What else matters now? The project, plan or idea which involves your way with words, ideas or images. This will take quite some time to sort itself out, as I am sure you are about to see. Allow for this to be a rehearsal or first draft, as much as anything.