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Your Monthly Horoscopes: May 2019

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The month of May brings a much welcome shift from the hustle and bustle of Aries season to a more laid back, sensual approach to life.


On May 4th, the New Moon in Taurus is the perfect opportunity to plant the seeds for what you would like to grow in your life—particularly as it's related to your finances and material wealth. This energy can also show up in the form of a new talent, skill, or idea that could make you a lot of money, given your willingness to invest the time. Mercury, planet of communication, shortly follows suit entering Taurus on the 5th making Venusian themes such as art, fashion, and music the topic of discussion.

Creative expression is favored at this time and holds the potential to be a new source of revenue for you.

On May 9th, Jupiter and Pluto's harmonious aspect can bring a lucky breakthrough or a defining moment that brings positive change into a difficult situation. Venus, planet of love and money, returns home on May 15th bringing the gift of enhanced personal magnetism and sex appeal. As one of the benevolent planets, Venus loves to bring good fortune our way through new opportunities, connections, and a boost of self-esteem. Mars settles into Cancer, slowing down the momentum and giving you time to nurture yourself before we enter into one of the busiest seasons of the year. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio invites you into a transformative experience through self-exploration, your intimate connection, or a peak spiritual experience. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st, kicking off the most sociable, adventurous time of the year.

Check out what May has in store for your zodiac sign:

Aries

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The month starts off with a New Moon opening up doors for you in finance and material possessions. This is a time to think big when it comes to what you want to accomplish in the next year. Start planning for those major purchases in advance by getting your money in order. Work on a plan to pay off debt, save money, and invest to gain long-term wealth. This may also be a time to consider buying property or getting into stocks and trades. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th, bringing your conversation and attention to improving your financial literacy. Checking out a podcast or attending a conference can provide you with just the insight you need to solve any long-standing money issues.

A stroke of good luck may be headed your way on the 9th, granting you a much-needed breakthrough in career and social status. You may find yourself wielding more power than usual due to a sudden promotion or opportunity that could require you to guide, teach, and mentor others. On the 15th, Venus moves into her home sign Taurus, bringing lessons of self-worth into focus. This is usually a time of year in which you examine whether your love needs are being met and how you need to adjust to fill your cup. Keep in mind that self-love is the best love. Explore new ways that you can support yourself more fully. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, forcing you to lay low and enjoy the comforts of home and family. The Full Moon on the 18th marks a powerful time of liberation from any shame and fear that keeps you from living up to your potential. By the time we enter Gemini season at the end of the month, you may be in a position to share your transformative experience through written or spoken word. Giving a voice to your shadow is where the healing begins.

Taurus

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Happy birthday to youuuu! It's your season, baby! The New Moon on the 4th is a powerful new beginning for you so make the most of this. You only get one new moon every year, making this a good time to map out what you'd like to accomplish in your next year around the Sun. Mercury moves into your sign on the 6th, blessing you with the gift of gab. Keep in mind that you'll catch more flies with honey. On the 9th, a peak intimate experience can unlock your coochie chakras giving you a completely new outlook on life. On the 15th, your ruling planet returns to her home sign. Use this extra attention you're receiving to attract all of the right elements that you need to experience the most spectacular year yet.

Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, making you even more lazy -- I mean "laid back" -- than usual. This energy can be a little passive-aggressive and sibling rivalries are likely to come to the surface at this time. You can be direct without being an asshole. Embrace healthy conflict-resolution. The Full Moon on the 18th highlights your relationships, particularly marriage or business partnerships. You may decide to leave a situation that isn't working for you or you may finally experience the breakthrough you need to bring a relationship back into harmony. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini, encouraging you to get out there and connect. You may just be one social networking mixer away from meeting your new investor or business partner.

Gemini

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May is typically a more lowkey month for you, Gemmie. There's a ton of action going on in Taurus, which brings your focus to your inner-world for the first couple weeks. The New Moon on the 4th enhances your dream world. Pay attention to any messages that you're receiving around this time as they contain key information helping you tap into past-life gifts and talents. Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into Taurus on the 6th, making you more curious about Venusian themes like art, music, and fashion. This is a good time to watch a documentary about your fav musician or pick up a new hobby that you can enjoy in your solitude. On the 9th, good luck comes your way through a key relationship that provides you with a lighter approach to releasing a heavy emotional burden.

On the 15th, Venus moves into Taurus and love matters take on a more private approach with you preferring to spend time at home and in the bedroom. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, encouraging you to see the value in your talents by actually doing something with them. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th illuminates your daily routines, health, and work. You may receive some news around this time that motivates you to make some changes in one of these areas of your life. Work-life imbalances will likely come to a head, encouraging you to make some changes in the way you manage your time. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into your sign, giving you a much-needed boost of energy that you'll need for your birthday season.

Cancer

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The month begins with a New Moon in Taurus on the 4th, bringing your focus to your social network and big hopes and dreams. This is a favorable time to collaborate with the right people that can help turn your vision into reality. On the 6th, Mercury moves into materially-driven Taurus, making this the perfect energy for strategizing about how you and your tribe will make your mark on the world. When it comes to these money moves, Jupiter and Pluto favor you around the 9th in regards to a business partnership or work connection that may offer the breakthrough you've been banking on.

Venus moves into Taurus on the 15th, which could surprisingly have you crushing on someone in your circle of friends. If you're open to love, going to a networking event or joining a charitable organization can be a great way to meet someone who shares common interests. Mars moves into your sign on the same day, giving you a much-needed boost of energy and confidence. Your temper may be running short during this transit so find healthy ways to release your anger. The Full Moon in your sister sign, Scorpio, heightens romance and fertility, making the 18th the perfect sultry date night. Healing through creative expression is also favored during this time. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st, inviting you to rest, reflect and close out cycles before your solar return.

Leo

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Career and social status are highlighted for the first few weeks of May with the New Moon in Taurus on the 4th bringing in an opportunity that could benefit you in the long run. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th and there could be an important conversation with higher-ups around this time. If you've been proving yourself as an asset on the job, you may finally be receiving the recognition that you've been waiting for. A stroke of good luck can spice up your love life around the 9th and you may find yourself under the spell of a workplace romance. Venus, planet of love and money, moves into a favorable position for you on the 15th that will help you attract all types of good fortune and opportunities when it comes to your career advancement. You could even be attracting someone in a position of authority.

Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, heating things up behind the scenes. Your bedroom will be getting a lot of attention over the next month, whether you're enjoying the company of your lover or just catching up on some sleep. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th illuminates themes of home and family. This can be a powerful time of releasing ancestral karma particularly related to the mother and maternal figures. This time can also indicate you relocating from one place to another. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury, moving into sociable Gemini making you the center of attention amongst all of your friends.

Virgo

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The month starts off with an exciting New Moon in your sister sign, Taurus, taking place on the 4th in a part of your chart that has to do with higher learning and travel. You may consider going to school or simply indulging in your own personal research about a topic of interest. Mercury moves into this same part of your sky around the 6th and you are itching to soak up as much knowledge as you can. An interest in foreign cultures and different spiritual practices is common around this time. If you're traveling, you could meet an interesting companion that opens your mind to a different way of life. On the 9th, Jupiter and Pluto support positive breakthrough in areas related to family and your childhood. Around this time, you'll find it easier to embrace personal self-expression and you may feel like you have a voice after years of being silenced throughout your youth.

On the 15th, Venus moves into Taurus and you're more inclined to connect with people that stimulate you intellectually and even spiritually. If you're looking for a new money opportunity, consider what knowledge you have that others don't. Others may be seeking you out for guidance more than usual during this transit. Mars moves into Cancer the same day, bringing your focus to nurturing your social life and your big aspirations that could use a little more team effort. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio encourages you to be mindful of your projections and journal it out instead! The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini bringing your focus to the career moves you plan on making over the next few weeks.

Libra

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A lot of the action this month takes place in a part of your sky that has to do with intimacy, healing, and deep transformation. The New Moon in Taurus on the 4th represents the beginning of this metamorphosis that you're undergoing. On the 6th, Mercury moves into Taurus, making you even more open to this period of soul-searching that you're in. An interest in psychology, the occult, and shadow work is likely around this time. You may even consider committing to therapy if you need some support working through a complex issue. On the 9th, an opportunity to express your truth can help you release any long-standing mommy issues. Love and romance gets deep this month with Venus attracting people and experiences to you that either trigger the hell out of you or help you heal some of your lingering emotional wounds.

Mars moves into Cancer on the 15th, making you a force to be reckoned with when it comes to your career aspirations. It's important to show people that you're in control but avoid being overly aggressive. A more gentle approach can be just as impactful for your reputation and advancement. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th can illuminate a money drain, making this a good time to review your bank statement. This energy is also powerful for helping you release stagnant emotions related to an experience that damaged your self-esteem. The month closes off on a lighter note with your sister sign, Gemini, moving into a part of your chart that will bring about travel and learning opportunities.

Scorpio

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The month begins with a New Moon in your opposite sign on the 4th, bringing your focus to relationships. This energy supports any long-term commitment or business partnership that you're beginning. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th and the conversations over the next month will revolve around your key partnerships. You may be taking things to the next level with your significant other or even signing a contract with a new employer. A lucky financial break may come your way around the 9th so make sure you're staying on top of your emails and communication around this time.

On the 15th, Venus returns home and love takes center stage for you. When the planet of love is in this part of your sky, you'll appear even more attractive than usual. Expect to receive tons of attention from people interested in you romantically and even professionally. The cosmos is extremely supportive of bringing you together with someone special during this transit. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day and the wanderlust kicks in. Traveling home or to a place that brings you comfort can be just what your heart needs right now. On the 18th, the Full Moon in your sign is a powerful catalyst for releasing residual pain and trauma that inhibits you from being more real with yourself and with others. It's time to take off the mask and reveal who you are underneath your perpetual state of being unbothered. The month winds down with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini as you continue unraveling the complexities of how your experiences have shaped you into the person you are today.

Sagittarius

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This month brings most of your focus to improving your health with the New Moon on the 4th encouraging you to start a new habit or routine that can benefit your physical well-being. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th, motivating you to learn about new approaches to improving your health. Explore different forms of exercise and approaches to your nutrition that can help you live a better lifestyle. On the 9th, a financial stroke of good luck may come your way. If you've dealt with long-standing issues about your self-esteem or money mindset, this energy can provide a positive breakthrough that sets you on a path of deeper self-love and a greater abundance.

On the 15th, Venus moves into her home sign, Taurus, which is helping you attract opportunities and connections that actually benefit the lifestyle changes you're making throughout the month. Making sound choices about the energy you want to engage with can benefit your overall health and well-being. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, motivating you to work through your mommy issues and intimacy blockages. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio enhances your psychic abilities and dream world. Pay attention to the messages you receive around this time, which may actually be prophetic. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into your opposite sign, making the next few weeks all about your key relationships and the important connections you'll be making during the most sociable season of the year.

Capricorn

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This month brings most of your focus to romance, creativity, and self-expression. It's time to let your hair down and have some fun. As one of the hardest working signs of the zodiac, you have a tendency to neglect your inner child the most. The New Moon in Taurus on the 4th invites you to play with this forgotten aspect of yourself. What new (or old) hobby can you partake in that brings you joy? On the 6th, Mercury moves into the same part of your sky and your mind is overflowing with creative inspiration. During this transit you may create one of your greatest masterpieces to date. Positive breakthrough takes place around the 9th, providing a sense of relief when it comes to a tough habit or lesson you've been trying to come to terms with.

On the 15th, Venus returns home to Taurus making you super sexy and alluring. If you've been experiencing a love drought, get out there! This is one of the most favorable times of year for you to enjoy the adventure of romance. Mars moves into your opposite sign on the same day, which can make you a little aggressive when it comes to love. Try not to be too pushy with your crush or significant other. You'll catch more flies with honey, Cappie. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio illuminates some weird stuff that's been going down in your friendships. This energy can help you address the issue head on to find a compromise or you may decide the connection isn't worth the energy. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st making the next few weeks at work one of the busiest seasons of the year.

Aquarius

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Home and family takes front and center stage during this time of the year. You may be planning a move or a trip to your hometown around the New Moon in Taurus on the 4th. This part of your chart is also associated with motherhood so don't be surprised if your baby fever is through the roof this month. If you're in the space for it, there can be talks about starting or expanding your family as Mercury, planet of communication, moves into Taurus on the 6th. Babies may be the last thing on your mind, and in that case, you may be more interested in expanding your knowledge about real estate or even your family ancestry. Around the 9th, you can experience a mental breakthrough that helps you reunite with your divinity and connection to God.

Venus returns home on the 15th and love matters are nurtured behind the scenes in your home. You and a significant other may decide to move in together to establish the beginning stages of your family. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day. Over the coming weeks, you'll be motivated to nurture you health and well-being by creating more balance in your daily routines. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th brings recognition in career and social status. Avoid gossip and romance on the job as things have the potential to be exposed at this time. The month ends on a high note with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini, boosting your romance and creativity over the weeks to come.

Pisces

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The month begins with a New Moon in Taurus on the 4th, encouraging you to activate your throat chakra. In what new way can you share your thoughts with the world? On the 6th, Mercury moves into Taurus, which is great energy for learning about a new topic of interest or communicating your ideas. Starting up a vlog or podcast is favorable right now. You've got something to say and the world needs to hear it. Positive breakthrough can take place around the 9th when it comes to any power struggles you've experienced in your friendships. Any subconscious programming that has your social life running amuck can be dissolved around this time.

On the 15th, Venus returns home to Taurus and your conversations get a little sweeter during this transit. You are very persuasive given this energy so use it to your advantage. If you're open to meeting someone new, you may actually get lucky with online dating. Even if you're taken or not interested in love, your IG will be getting plenty of attention from potential suitors. Mars moves into your sister sign, Cancer, on the same day heating things up when it comes to dating, fertility, and creativity. This is the perfect time to seal the deal if you and your partner want to start a family. Depending on your priorities, a creative project may be getting all of your focus during this transit. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio enhances your connection between you and your Higher Self, offering you a life-changing encounter that reminds you of just how powerful you truly are. May wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st, making the next month all about home and family matters.

Taurus

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Happy birthday to youuuu! It's your season, baby! The New Moon on the 4th is a powerful new beginning for you so make the most of this. You only get one new moon every year, making this a good time to map out what you'd like to accomplish in your next year around the Sun. Mercury moves into your sign on the 6th, blessing you with the gift of gab. Keep in mind that you'll catch more flies with honey. On the 9th, a peak intimate experience can unlock your coochie chakras giving you a completely new outlook on life. On the 15th, your ruling planet returns to her home sign. Use this extra attention you're receiving to attract all of the right elements that you need to experience the most spectacular year yet.

Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, making you even more lazy -- I mean "laid back" -- than usual. This energy can be a little passive-aggressive and sibling rivalries are likely to come to the surface at this time. You can be direct without being an asshole. Embrace healthy conflict-resolution. The Full Moon on the 18th highlights your relationships, particularly marriage or business partnerships. You may decide to leave a situation that isn't working for you or you may finally experience the breakthrough you need to bring a relationship back into harmony. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini, encouraging you to get out there and connect. You may just be one social networking mixer away from meeting your new investor or business partner.

Gemini

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May is typically a more lowkey month for you, Gemmie. There's a ton of action going on in Taurus, which brings your focus to your inner-world for the first couple weeks. The New Moon on the 4th enhances your dream world. Pay attention to any messages that you're receiving around this time as they contain key information helping you tap into past-life gifts and talents. Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into Taurus on the 6th, making you more curious about Venusian themes like art, music, and fashion. This is a good time to watch a documentary about your fav musician or pick up a new hobby that you can enjoy in your solitude. On the 9th, good luck comes your way through a key relationship that provides you with a lighter approach to releasing a heavy emotional burden.

On the 15th, Venus moves into Taurus and love matters take on a more private approach with you preferring to spend time at home and in the bedroom. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, encouraging you to see the value in your talents by actually doing something with them. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th illuminates your daily routines, health, and work. You may receive some news around this time that motivates you to make some changes in one of these areas of your life. Work-life imbalances will likely come to a head, encouraging you to make some changes in the way you manage your time. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into your sign, giving you a much-needed boost of energy that you'll need for your birthday season.

Cancer

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The month begins with a New Moon in Taurus on the 4th, bringing your focus to your social network and big hopes and dreams. This is a favorable time to collaborate with the right people that can help turn your vision into reality. On the 6th, Mercury moves into materially-driven Taurus, making this the perfect energy for strategizing about how you and your tribe will make your mark on the world. When it comes to these money moves, Jupiter and Pluto favor you around the 9th in regards to a business partnership or work connection that may offer the breakthrough you've been banking on.

Venus moves into Taurus on the 15th, which could surprisingly have you crushing on someone in your circle of friends. If you're open to love, going to a networking event or joining a charitable organization can be a great way to meet someone who shares common interests. Mars moves into your sign on the same day, giving you a much-needed boost of energy and confidence. Your temper may be running short during this transit so find healthy ways to release your anger. The Full Moon in your sister sign, Scorpio, heightens romance and fertility, making the 18th the perfect sultry date night. Healing through creative expression is also favored during this time. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st, inviting you to rest, reflect and close out cycles before your solar return.

Leo

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Career and social status are highlighted for the first few weeks of May with the New Moon in Taurus on the 4th bringing in an opportunity that could benefit you in the long run. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th and there could be an important conversation with higher-ups around this time. If you've been proving yourself as an asset on the job, you may finally be receiving the recognition that you've been waiting for. A stroke of good luck can spice up your love life around the 9th and you may find yourself under the spell of a workplace romance. Venus, planet of love and money, moves into a favorable position for you on the 15th that will help you attract all types of good fortune and opportunities when it comes to your career advancement. You could even be attracting someone in a position of authority.

Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, heating things up behind the scenes. Your bedroom will be getting a lot of attention over the next month, whether you're enjoying the company of your lover or just catching up on some sleep. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th illuminates themes of home and family. This can be a powerful time of releasing ancestral karma particularly related to the mother and maternal figures. This time can also indicate you relocating from one place to another. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury, moving into sociable Gemini making you the center of attention amongst all of your friends.

Virgo

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The month starts off with an exciting New Moon in your sister sign, Taurus, taking place on the 4th in a part of your chart that has to do with higher learning and travel. You may consider going to school or simply indulging in your own personal research about a topic of interest. Mercury moves into this same part of your sky around the 6th and you are itching to soak up as much knowledge as you can. An interest in foreign cultures and different spiritual practices is common around this time. If you're traveling, you could meet an interesting companion that opens your mind to a different way of life. On the 9th, Jupiter and Pluto support positive breakthrough in areas related to family and your childhood. Around this time, you'll find it easier to embrace personal self-expression and you may feel like you have a voice after years of being silenced throughout your youth.

On the 15th, Venus moves into Taurus and you're more inclined to connect with people that stimulate you intellectually and even spiritually. If you're looking for a new money opportunity, consider what knowledge you have that others don't. Others may be seeking you out for guidance more than usual during this transit. Mars moves into Cancer the same day, bringing your focus to nurturing your social life and your big aspirations that could use a little more team effort. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio encourages you to be mindful of your projections and journal it out instead! The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini bringing your focus to the career moves you plan on making over the next few weeks.

Libra

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A lot of the action this month takes place in a part of your sky that has to do with intimacy, healing, and deep transformation. The New Moon in Taurus on the 4th represents the beginning of this metamorphosis that you're undergoing. On the 6th, Mercury moves into Taurus, making you even more open to this period of soul-searching that you're in. An interest in psychology, the occult, and shadow work is likely around this time. You may even consider committing to therapy if you need some support working through a complex issue. On the 9th, an opportunity to express your truth can help you release any long-standing mommy issues. Love and romance gets deep this month with Venus attracting people and experiences to you that either trigger the hell out of you or help you heal some of your lingering emotional wounds.

Mars moves into Cancer on the 15th, making you a force to be reckoned with when it comes to your career aspirations. It's important to show people that you're in control but avoid being overly aggressive. A more gentle approach can be just as impactful for your reputation and advancement. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th can illuminate a money drain, making this a good time to review your bank statement. This energy is also powerful for helping you release stagnant emotions related to an experience that damaged your self-esteem. The month closes off on a lighter note with your sister sign, Gemini, moving into a part of your chart that will bring about travel and learning opportunities.

Scorpio

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The month begins with a New Moon in your opposite sign on the 4th, bringing your focus to relationships. This energy supports any long-term commitment or business partnership that you're beginning. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th and the conversations over the next month will revolve around your key partnerships. You may be taking things to the next level with your significant other or even signing a contract with a new employer. A lucky financial break may come your way around the 9th so make sure you're staying on top of your emails and communication around this time.

On the 15th, Venus returns home and love takes center stage for you. When the planet of love is in this part of your sky, you'll appear even more attractive than usual. Expect to receive tons of attention from people interested in you romantically and even professionally. The cosmos is extremely supportive of bringing you together with someone special during this transit. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day and the wanderlust kicks in. Traveling home or to a place that brings you comfort can be just what your heart needs right now. On the 18th, the Full Moon in your sign is a powerful catalyst for releasing residual pain and trauma that inhibits you from being more real with yourself and with others. It's time to take off the mask and reveal who you are underneath your perpetual state of being unbothered. The month winds down with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini as you continue unraveling the complexities of how your experiences have shaped you into the person you are today.

Sagittarius

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This month brings most of your focus to improving your health with the New Moon on the 4th encouraging you to start a new habit or routine that can benefit your physical well-being. Mercury moves into Taurus on the 6th, motivating you to learn about new approaches to improving your health. Explore different forms of exercise and approaches to your nutrition that can help you live a better lifestyle. On the 9th, a financial stroke of good luck may come your way. If you've dealt with long-standing issues about your self-esteem or money mindset, this energy can provide a positive breakthrough that sets you on a path of deeper self-love and a greater abundance.

On the 15th, Venus moves into her home sign, Taurus, which is helping you attract opportunities and connections that actually benefit the lifestyle changes you're making throughout the month. Making sound choices about the energy you want to engage with can benefit your overall health and well-being. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day, motivating you to work through your mommy issues and intimacy blockages. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio enhances your psychic abilities and dream world. Pay attention to the messages you receive around this time, which may actually be prophetic. The month closes out with the Sun and Mercury moving into your opposite sign, making the next few weeks all about your key relationships and the important connections you'll be making during the most sociable season of the year.

Capricorn

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This month brings most of your focus to romance, creativity, and self-expression. It's time to let your hair down and have some fun. As one of the hardest working signs of the zodiac, you have a tendency to neglect your inner child the most. The New Moon in Taurus on the 4th invites you to play with this forgotten aspect of yourself. What new (or old) hobby can you partake in that brings you joy? On the 6th, Mercury moves into the same part of your sky and your mind is overflowing with creative inspiration. During this transit you may create one of your greatest masterpieces to date. Positive breakthrough takes place around the 9th, providing a sense of relief when it comes to a tough habit or lesson you've been trying to come to terms with.

On the 15th, Venus returns home to Taurus making you super sexy and alluring. If you've been experiencing a love drought, get out there! This is one of the most favorable times of year for you to enjoy the adventure of romance. Mars moves into your opposite sign on the same day, which can make you a little aggressive when it comes to love. Try not to be too pushy with your crush or significant other. You'll catch more flies with honey, Cappie. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio illuminates some weird stuff that's been going down in your friendships. This energy can help you address the issue head on to find a compromise or you may decide the connection isn't worth the energy. The month wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st making the next few weeks at work one of the busiest seasons of the year.

Aquarius

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Home and family takes front and center stage during this time of the year. You may be planning a move or a trip to your hometown around the New Moon in Taurus on the 4th. This part of your chart is also associated with motherhood so don't be surprised if your baby fever is through the roof this month. If you're in the space for it, there can be talks about starting or expanding your family as Mercury, planet of communication, moves into Taurus on the 6th. Babies may be the last thing on your mind, and in that case, you may be more interested in expanding your knowledge about real estate or even your family ancestry. Around the 9th, you can experience a mental breakthrough that helps you reunite with your divinity and connection to God.

Venus returns home on the 15th and love matters are nurtured behind the scenes in your home. You and a significant other may decide to move in together to establish the beginning stages of your family. Mars moves into Cancer on the same day. Over the coming weeks, you'll be motivated to nurture you health and well-being by creating more balance in your daily routines. The Full Moon in Scorpio on the 18th brings recognition in career and social status. Avoid gossip and romance on the job as things have the potential to be exposed at this time. The month ends on a high note with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini, boosting your romance and creativity over the weeks to come.

Pisces

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The month begins with a New Moon in Taurus on the 4th, encouraging you to activate your throat chakra. In what new way can you share your thoughts with the world? On the 6th, Mercury moves into Taurus, which is great energy for learning about a new topic of interest or communicating your ideas. Starting up a vlog or podcast is favorable right now. You've got something to say and the world needs to hear it. Positive breakthrough can take place around the 9th when it comes to any power struggles you've experienced in your friendships. Any subconscious programming that has your social life running amuck can be dissolved around this time.

On the 15th, Venus returns home to Taurus and your conversations get a little sweeter during this transit. You are very persuasive given this energy so use it to your advantage. If you're open to meeting someone new, you may actually get lucky with online dating. Even if you're taken or not interested in love, your IG will be getting plenty of attention from potential suitors. Mars moves into your sister sign, Cancer, on the same day heating things up when it comes to dating, fertility, and creativity. This is the perfect time to seal the deal if you and your partner want to start a family. Depending on your priorities, a creative project may be getting all of your focus during this transit. On the 18th, the Full Moon in Scorpio enhances your connection between you and your Higher Self, offering you a life-changing encounter that reminds you of just how powerful you truly are. May wraps up with the Sun and Mercury moving into Gemini on the 21st, making the next month all about home and family matters.

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Originally published on May 1, 2019.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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