Cover Goodbye, April showers and say hello to May's blossoming flowers (Illustration: Chesca Gamboa/ Tatler Asia)

The start of May brings in calmer energies, just in time for Mother's Day. At the end of the month, we'll be pushed to ponder our beliefs as we welcome a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, followed by Mercury in retrograde

Welcome to May! De Rui, Tatler's astrologist and founder of Hong Kong-based astrology service, Chart Life breaks down what this month has in store for us:

April showers bring May flowers. After last month’s turbulent energies, we have surely earned a breather with planets making plenty of harmonious contacts. Jupiter takes a brief dip in Pisces, which will draw out our collective compassion and idealism. 

Our local community, contacts, and neighbourly interactions remain of primary importance as the Moon’s North Node converges with several planets in Gemini. At the end of the month, a lunar eclipse in Sagittarius happening just before Mercury goes into retrograde calls on us to set aside the minutiae in order to ponder our broader attitudes and beliefs. 

On Mother’s Day in many parts of the world, the Great Mother asteroid Ceres – known to the ancient Greeks as Demeter, goddess of the grain and harvest – moves into Taurus. In the coming months, we can find nurturance from being closer to the soil, stocking our inner pantry, and seeking sensual experiences. The New Moon happening a few days later, also in Taurus, is a chance to set goals for our physical and material well-being

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Socialising and communication will flow more effortlessly as the month gets underway. Someone may show up as a source of competitive energy, seemingly bent on taking you down a notch. Choosing to take it as a compliment rather than a threat could make all the difference.

Minor health or productivity issues may be lurking. Try to nip them in the bud as anything left unaddressed could be harder to tackle in a few months’ time. 


Sensuality is your middle name and with the Great Mother asteroid Ceres moving into your sign this month, you can show others how it’s done. This is a wonderful time to pamper those you love.

The Taurus New Moon on May 12 brings a greater sense of wholeness and alignment between your behaviours and needs. At work, you will be able to reap rewards from exercising your creativity. Take the time to find the right words as miscommunication could be a running theme. 

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This could turn out to be a more socially active period after planets move into your sign en masse in the first half of May. Opportunities for harmless flirting with people you find attractive could come up, though you are unlikely to have much in common with them in the end.

Any diet or health regimens that don’t seem to be working could probably use a refresh. Your partner, close friends, or family could be giving a lot of support to the part of you that yearns to be a free spirit. Be sure that you don’t take them for granted. 


Your confidence and forward momentum are strong with Mars moving through your sign. Interactions with others could carry a heightened sense of fun and excitement.

The only rain on your parade may come from intimate partners, family, or close friends who could be feeling a little smothered by your love. Shifting energies in the middle of the month will lessen that friction. Even as most things are going your way, leave some room for differences of opinion.


The energies you are exuding can attract both the admiration of others and their opinions. Take compliments as well as any “advice” in your stride. At the moment the love and support others’ give may not completely jive with what you need. They are trying their best. As the month progresses, socialising and communicating your ideas promises to be much more fun. 


Work and other projects could bring a lot of satisfaction right now. Your ideas and preferences are easily accepted, especially in the first part of the month. Exercising your creativity could prove to be quite rewarding and bolster your sense of personal effectiveness.

Later in May, engage your five senses by taking part in a self-care ritual or getting closer to the earth. Remember that being there for yourself is a prerequisite to being there for others. 

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The big-picture is rosy but you are being called to navigate some choppy cosmic energies on a day-to-day level at the moment. Aggressive figures may show up to test your mettle.

Ask yourself whether they are actual threats or more likely just trying to keep up and hold their own. Attachment and neediness may crop up as a theme, either in yourself or a partner. Keep your relationships healthy by keeping your internal monologue positive and kind.


Not seeing eye-to-eye with people doesn’t seem to stop you from getting what you want at the moment. Tasks and goals could be much easier to achieve. Consider raising your targets to make the most of the Universe’s supportive vibes.

Physical activity or competitive sports can also be satisfying outlets for channelling your energy. Any experimenting you do with diet, exercise, or health routines could yield surprising results.

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This is a reflective period for you as other people’s messages, choices, and motivations can seem confusing or unclear. Friction with someone can generate heat––either as open conflict or even sexual tension.

The Full Moon lunar eclipse happening in your sign on May 26 brings alignment between your needs and actions, as well as a better appreciation of your unique gifts. You could be in a position to help others clarify their beliefs and what to put their faith in.  


The first part of May can be a great time to connect with others and share your ideas. Bonding could even come through health or fitness rituals. The second half of the month brings more potential for social faux pas and miscommunication. Others may need you to give them space. Someone who seems to oppose you could actually provide the opening for you to clarify or refine your own viewpoints. 


You can likely find a lot of understanding and support after a temporary rough patch. Anyone questioning your choices in love or with your finances at this point can be taken with a grain of salt.

When the cosmic mood music changes, the things that matter most will fall into place. As with Sagittarius, sparks may fly with someone you fundamentally disagree with and yet find magnetic. Now is the time to put on a good show for admiring eyes and ears.


The Universe continues to support your will and your desires at the moment. Your ideas and stylistic choices especially are well-received. Reach for new heights or breakthroughs in order to make the most of the energies.

In the second part of the month, indulging in some self-care or pampering will recharge your batteries. New information about your health coming to light may require a bit of action or change. 

About Our Astrologer

De Rui is a Hong Kong-based Western astrologer and the founder of Chart Life, a personalised astrology service for those who want more insight and support for love, business and personal growth. De Rui is a member of the British Astrological Association and the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and is a graduate of Harvard College. 

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