Lemonade for May

Planet Waves by Eric Francis

Monthly horoscope LEMONADE, May 2006. Note to readers, you can find 15 months of archives of the Lemonade horoscope in a special subscriber-only content area that we launched at the beginning of the year. Please check the “login” area.

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Aries (March 20-April 19)
Recent events or developments may have you feeling a bit apprehensive about making too much progress too fast. You may feel as if there is some pitfall in your way. Yet in many senses, the worst is over and you have been through the most critical changes. You would go a long way this month to settle your soul by concentrating on practical matters to address your emotional concerns, your home base and financial affairs being two excellent places to start. You know the time to initiate changes in these specific areas has arrived, and you must know it will do you a lot of good to take charge.

(April 19-May 20)
You’ve finally begun to take an emotional partnership more seriously, but in a way, that really means less seriously. The tarot card “The Lovers” is sometimes referred to as “The Brothers,” and while it may not seem romantic to view those in whom you have a love interest as a sibling, there’s a practical side to this equation that’s begging for your attention. Your ideas about love and sex tend toward the sentimental, whereas it’s actually possible you could have more fun and experience deeper connection with a more clear-headed approach. I know you want what you want. In that spirit, take the direct path.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Now that you’ve learned to breathe air and water, you’re ready to breathe a bit of fire. As recent perhaps disturbing events involving friends or key allies have shown you, this can be dangerous, because your words have impact beyond what you may think. What you may lack in diplomacy you are more than compensating for in natural charm and charisma, and in fact, certain individuals are willing to take your lead. You could go a long way toward smoothing out your energy and your overall presentation by remembering how strong your idea is, and remembering that long-term persistence gets the job done — but a bold and brazen attitude is what gets it started.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You seem to be in no mood to take anyone’s emotional manipulation sitting down, however I suggest you look beneath your own feelings at the layer of hurt and mistrust that you may be carrying around. If this is a sin, it’s in the true sense of the word — a lack of some sort, and you would be doing yourself a big favor by keeping a short list of your most important needs and making sure you devote time every day to getting them met. Unconsciously you may fear that others will judge you for doing this, but I assure you that for the people who care the most, it will come as a great relief.

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
You’ve accomplished quite a bit in terms of building a foundation for yourself, and the agreements you’ve made with partners, love interests or other key individuals in your life are the stable ground that makes your potential real. You may fear that people will hesitate at the moment you need them to be strong, but nothing is further from the truth. When in doubt, start a conversation on any matter that concerns you. Ask for help when you need it, and ask people to stand back when you need to take center stage of your own life. Everyone knows better than you — it is high time for that.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Basically, any questions you may face surrounding your psychological health come down to food and exercise. Obviously you know this intellectually, and you believe it in theory, but you may be in the midst of a mild (or not so mild) disconnect when it comes to putting ideas into action. Work with patterns. One action in a direction other than you’re accustomed to represents a change in a pattern, and two actions in that direction represent the beginnings of a new one. Persist daily, weekly or sporadically with sincerity and you will advance your cause considerably. The long run is the one that counts most.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
You’ve known a long time that you needed to make deep, lasting changes in your personality if you were going to ever be happy. What you may not have noticed is that you’ve nearly succeeded in making all of them. What points haven’t you touched upon? I think one may involve the way in which you take a romantic view of work, rather than one that’s oriented on specific goals, tangible achievements and a generally take-charge-now attitude. At the moment, you have the opportunity to evaluate both approaches in action, and make solid and lasting changes based on what you learn from direct experience.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Luck is not one of those things you typically take for granted. You seem to be in no mood to do so now, but at the same time, you also seem determined to have faith in the unseen and the unknown. Surely, your inspiration, willingness to take creative risks and apparently boundless energy are all coming from somewhere, and that somewhere is a deep trust in existence. But luck is a kind of passive trust. You have the capacity to feel trust with gusto.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Just because you may be reluctant to come to a particular conclusion or make a certain statement about what you want doesn’t mean you’re not going to do it. But I suggest you go one way or the other: reluctant or assertive. These days you seem to be hedging between the two and appear to be waiting for fate or a more compelling feeling to intervene. I strongly suggest you make up your own mind rather than letting it get made up for you. You have your answer; you just need to listen carefully, and with a little faith.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
This is the year that Saturn opposes Neptune, the planet least like itself. If you are feeling a lingering sense of unease or apprehension, it may involve this transit, which looms in the distance. Yet what are you really feeling? Is it some lack of certainty about the solid, concrete nature of the world? Is it the sense that you will be asked to compromise? Here is a clue: ‘it’ doesn’t exist now and you are deciding what ‘it’ is as we speak. I suggest you talk to ‘it’ and make some decisions about your not-so-far-off distant future.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Okay, life could be easier. Chiron in your birth sign has been keeping you on edge and pushing you to a degree of self-consciousness that’s uncomfortable even for one who thinks as much as you do. Yet from the look of your charts, clear and focused thinking is precisely the order of the day. You’ll know you’re really doing it when the things that are important to you today are a step ahead of those that were important to you yesterday. This is not the time to be resting on the laurels of yesterday’s interesting philosophies.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
If you get the feeling that you’re fighting yourself, take half a step to the left and look at your situation from a slightly different angle. The obstacle you may be facing is not really there, or it’s not as thick as it looks — in fact, it’s more like a projection in the fog. The solution is an idea, and it may be subtle; or it may be extremely innovative, but to take advantage of that you need to summon your ability to take ideas and gradually manifest them into reality — only this time, not so gradual. Something you thought was going to take a long time to come to fruition is actually poised to move a lot faster.

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