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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Virgo Horoscope: May 2013

Work in Progress

You may be frustrated by setbacks to your plans this month, but you can rebound quickly and establish new goals based on a deeper awareness of who you are and how you want to express yourself. Your ability to make long-term plans is quite sound, with incisive Pluto in your 5th House of Self-Expression creating a harmonious trine with the Sun on May 1, Mars on May 5, and Mercury on May 7 -- all in your 9th House of Future Vision. 

A Taurus Solar Eclipse in your 9th house on May 9 is a harbinger of unexpected change, though, even if everything seems stable in the moment. Venus' entry into your 10th House of Public Responsibility, also on May 9, shifts your focus to seeking recognition on the job. Your thoughts turn to more immediate career concerns when analytical Mercury steps into your 10th house on May 15. 

The Sun and Mars follow suit on May 20 and May 31, further emphasizing the transition from planning for the future to dealing with the present. All of these planets -- plus opportunistic Jupiter -- traveling through diverse Gemini may present so many options that narrowing your focus can be problematic.

Nevertheless, bigger changes are afoot, stemming from a long-lasting square between revolutionary Uranus and evolutionary Pluto that began on June 24, 2012, and culminates on March 16, 2015. This powerful aspect is exact on May 20, deepening an inner conflict between your urgent need to express yourself more passionately and the growing stress it places on your personal relationships. On May 25, a Sagittarius Lunar Eclipse lands in your 4th House of Roots, which can put an end to unrealistic dreams about your home and family.

Keep in Mind This Month

Although you prefer having a concrete plan to get ahead at work, too much structure can limit your ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

Key Dates for Virgo

SUPER NOVA DAYS

MAY 18-20: Tricky Currents

While you're great at analyzing a situation to make a smart decision, Virgo, a lot of uncertainty is packed into these days. Brainy Mercury is in your 10th House of Status and its square to deceptive Neptune on May 18 can be confusing if you're under pressure to make an immediate choice, especially when others are depending on you to lead the way. An unorthodox Venus-Uranus sextile encourages you to try a new route to reach your destination, and Mercury's sextile to Uranus on May 20 is ready to reward your originality. Yet all your well-intended efforts may be for naught in light of large-scale social changes that stem from the life-changing Uranus-Pluto square that's exact on May 20.

MAY 25-28: The Time to Hesitate is Through

Just as you begin to gain traction, a confusing Sun-Neptune square on May 26 starts you wondering whether or not you're heading in the right direction. Thankfully, any self-doubt quickly dissipates when Mercury and Venus conjunct sanguine Jupiter, inspiring you with new ideas and a greater sense of worth on May 27-28. Don't be afraid to take a risk -- as long as you bring along some of your famous common sense.

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