As this month’s Zodiac Snippet's unfold from my mind onto paper, I offer up to all fine readers a picture. Clowns to the left of us and jokers to the right, here we are! That is not very far from the truth, because finally, finally, after 6 long weeks of the pre-retrograde shadow periods we are well and truly amidst the Mars and Mercury retrograde transits. We have a “new moon” in Taurus on may 6th and a “full moon” in Sagittarius on may 21 too.

All of this really does give each and every one of us a reason to cheer. Those of an optimistic demeanor might even say that the end is in sight. After all July, August and September are right around the corner.

I can see those with a more cynical outlook, rolling their eyes and saying ; “what about the 3 eclipses, the first in mid-August and the second and third in September? And how about that pesky Mercury retrograde, the 3rd and the 4th in the series of 4 this year? Hmm, what about those smarty tart?”

Well, golly gee there is all that stuff to consider too. So let's do that, lets consider our options.

First I must state, (unequivocally,) that there is plenty of good and fun, (good fun,) stuff to do even with the beastly long retrogrades and the 3 eclipses we experience between now and late September. (more info here.)

Indeed, below are a few but not all of the favored events we can look forward to;

For the remainder of spring and the rest of the summer is a great time to look to the past and connect with old friends. Old lovers have a way of popping up during retrograde transits too. Whatever pops up from your past, now is the time to run with it, because there is a healing quality that unfolds with retrogrades and eclipses too. Or, if you do not need “healing' it's still a great time to reminisce on the past and catch up with old friends and family.

Travel is favored, especially if you are going back to someplace you haven't been to in a while or to a location or to be around people that you miss. This is the “lucky” side of Mars retrograde, the vacation like atmosphere it invokes, the joyful journeys and reunions with places and people in our past.

Bursts of money manifest, although this financial aspect is more often than not of a “one and done” nature. Legal settlements, gifts and even a win at lottery are examples. Business is brisk and profitable, but after the fact clients and customers have a way of “poof” disappearing so pay heed to the temporary nature of profits.

Plans that are pending now, should remain pending, (there are a few exceptions, call or order email charts that are individually customized just for You!) and can be successfully implemented after the retrograde transits pass, as that is when we see the full results of our actions. The yin and the yang balance quite nicely after the fact. Think October 1, 2016.

Mercury retrograde transits , although shorter in duration than all other planets are the most easily felt. To broach the somewhat more uncomfortable aspects; (we touch on this only briefly,) Marina Macario says of this Mercury retrograde; Learning from ones mistakes” and the uncomfortable truth” just about sums up this Mercury Rx. “ So that is not so bad after all as there is a learning curve and our past experience guides us through the worst of it.

Here is a true life example to further clarify;
In July 2013 I found an incredible deal on a refurbished computer right smack in the middle of a Mercury retrograde and I bought it. I still use it every day, 3 years later and it is an excellent piece of equipment. But, (there's always a “But” it seems,) after I bought it I could not set it up for 6 weeks, I experienced delay after delay after delay. I accidentally left it in my friends car, (a story for another day,) he went on vacation and gave it to his friend to give to me. That friend kept missing me, and vice versa, our schedules conflicted, so second friend finally gave it back to first friend when he returned from his vacation and the whole mess took until September to sort out. So, I bought the equipment in mid-July but didn't get it set up until September 1st.

The point is that plans and even purchases, (especially refurbished equipment,) stand a really good chance of being successful. But plan for and factor into your actions minor mishaps in transport and immediate and annoying short delays affecting the implementation of your objectives.

All in all, May is a good month, truly merry. Looking at the big picture there is a lot to be happy about about. Summer plans begin to take shape, people from our past pop up unexpectedly and exciting summer journeys shimmer on the horizon. Enjoy yourself, be happy, spring has finally sprung, ahhhh!

(It is useful to note that there is much information available on Mercury retro transits, here is a peek at Susan Miller's point of view.)

(An event to be aware of is that we have a rare “transit of Mercury” in May and this is explained in more depth by Jonathon Cainer.)

Here is “Jamie Partridge's” take on Mars retrograde

Here is how May 2016 plays out for each of the 12 sun signs, Read On;

ARIES * ARE YOU READY? GET SET * GET READY * IT’S ALMOST “GO” TIME!

Yes Aries success is imminent. After months of frustrating delays and having to bite your tongue the tables begin to turn in your favor. By Memorial Day weekend you are no longer stuck, uh-uh you are raring to go, barriers crumble, plans coalesce and you are off and running. But wait Aries, slow down just long enough to ensure that those precious few friends that have stood by your side when times were tough haven’t been left behind or led astray. You would be lonely and bereft without them so be patient, let them catch up and then vamoose, off you all go, back to the future, right here, right now, the big dogs are running fast, go, go, go, vroom, vroom, vroom. PS: You are more fun than a barrel of monkey's in May!

TAURUS * MONEY COMES YOUR WAY * MAKE HAY IN THE SUNSHINE * HAVE SOME FUN * NEW MOON IN YOUR SIGN MAY 6TH,

Although you’ve been disappointed in love, cheer up, money makes misery a lot more comfortable and you are due a sizable windfall during the second half of May. Treat yourself to something special, pamper yourself. By month’s end you are looking really fine, and yes a new love is on the horizon too. So be firm and realistic, the past is the past, let it go. You are truly free now. New plans are exciting, the future is bright and you are strong Taurus, strong and wise, you glow with happiness and that happiness should be shared with the all the other people in your life. Take a moment out to tend to the wounded weary around you too, they are still your friends and they are still on your side.

GEMINI * AGREE TO DISAGREE * IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP THE PEACE!

If it seems to you that people around you are being just plain ornery, you are correct, they are. Fear not, you shall overcome all adversity, but not yet. The solution is really quite simple. Acknowledge that others are entitled to their own opinion and walk away. Go off by yourself; enjoy some special alone “me” time. You’ve earned the right to your own opinion so exercise that right. And guess what, those foolish fiends that are giving you a hard time? Well when you withdraw your energies for awhile, you find out exactly how important you are to them. Instead of being miserable, agree to disagree. Carry on alone. Back they come, hat in hand, apologizing, just in time for Memorial Day.

CANCER * DECIDE WHAT MATTERS THE MOST? THEN ADD THE REST * IN MAY YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

Yep, you can have anything you want in May. Your wish is our command, really, truly. I kid you not, I’m serious Cancer, your wish shall be granted just decide what one thing matters most. Oh, I get it there’s not one single wish that you can decide on. My, my, that is a conundrum. NO CANCER you cannot wish to have more wishes, that’s cheating, sneaky even, harrumph. OK how about this, just make a wish upon a star, it doesn’t matter where you are if you wish for healthy, happy, organized prosperity for yourself and those around you forever and ever, your wish will come true. Wow, you did it Cancer, you chose everything, now nothing and nobody gets left out, you’re Brilliant!

LEO * REFLECT ON THE PAST *FIND THE HIDDEN TREASURE YOU LEFT BEHIND? ITS STILL THERE

Well Hello Lucky Leo! Soon, soon, soon you will have an epiphany, a revelation, a spine tingling moment of perfect clarity that allows you to penetrate the very meaning of your existence, the true purpose of your life’s path. Wow! Tis true Leo; you are surrounded by hidden treasure. You have but to seek and you shall find. Of course the seeking part is kind of hard, retracing your steps, reviewing past mistakes, well that’s just plain boring. You prefer to strut ahead, happily roaring instead of prowling around in the past. But search the past you must, to find the purrrfect path into the future. So start now, the path to future success can be found right smack in the middle of the mistakes of the past.

VIRGO * YOUR DEPTH OF VISION IS CRYSTAL CLEAR * YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU STAND

Ah, Virgo what a month you have in front of you. Lots of ups and downs, ins and outs and most especially pertinent are the redo’s. Yep, those redo’s are probably the most important thing on your agenda this month. I stand corrected; the redo’s ARE the single most important things on your agenda this month. Why? Because once you redo those tricky issues that are causing you such aggravation and heartache then the ups and downs and ins and out take care of themselves. Oh, just one more thing Virgo, you need a creed to go by, how about this one; “To Err is Human, To Forgive Divine!” No worries, really. You are welcome; I just knew you’d love it! You always practice what you preach.

LIBRA * NEVER MIND THE NON BELIEVERS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW!

Just ignore those who say it can’t be done, (they are woosies,) let the scoffers scoff away, (they are double woosies.) From the depths of your soul and with the most loving of intentions for humanity at large, now is the time to plainly state your case! Even if you only reach one non-believer then you have succeeded, at least you think so. Ah, Lovely Libra have no fear and worry not a minute more, because you reach your goals in May. Having worked long and hard against seemingly impenetrable barriers and non-stop aggravation you are much, much closer to exactly where you need to be. Success is just around the corner; hang tight!

SCORPIO * EARLY ON LAY LOW, STAY QUIET * THE FULL MOON IN SAGITTARIUS BRINGS MONEY YOUR WAY *GO OUT AND PLAY!

Well gee Scorpio, even though Mars Retrograde won't re-enter your first house until late May, 5/27 a mere 4 days before Mercury goes Stationary Direct in Taurus just hold your ground. You come in to your own power in June and July, I promise. Additional benefits include an uncanny, almost spooky sense of timing. Your gut instincts are dead on accurate, you know when to hold up, and you know when to fold up and whether you should stay or go, go, go. On the full moon in Sagittarius on May 6th go play, good clean fun has a healing effect. Howl at the moon why don’t ya! Even better, bring an old friend with you, both of you can howl at the Full Moon in harmony. You have the time and the money , so what's not to love about that? From the end of May, through late August it’s your show! Be a superstar!

SAGITTARIUS * YOU CAN’T RESIST THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A CHANCE* JUST TAKE IT SLOWLY!

Whoa! I mean it, whoa,” slow down, you move too fast, you gotta make this moment last.” Take it a little bit slower this month. You’ve accomplished a lot in 30 days; you embraced major change, leapt over tall buildings with a single bound, brought the kids with you, started a new job or received a promotion, consolidated a meaningful relationship and washed, dried, folded, ironed and put away the laundry too. Any more is overkill, verily! So now if you just take a deep breath and slow down a little you can enjoy the rewards you’ve worked so hard to attain. Try to live this verse from an old 70’s song; “Hello Lamppost, whatcha knowing, I’ve come to watch your flowers growing, life is good, you’re feeling groovy.”

CAPRICORN * MAY FLOWERS ARE MADE FOR PICKING * THE PERFECT GIFT?* MAY FLOWERS!

Feel free to tip toe through the tulips. Skip happily over the river and through the woods too. The world is your oyster in May, Capricorn. The birds sing prettily, the brook burbles merrily, the bees hum… Wait a minute I got confused, I meant to say, “Let me tell you about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above and a thing called love.”Furthermore, “let me tell you about the stars in the sky and a girl and a guy and the way they kissed, (smooch, smooch,) in a May like this. OK do you get it yet? No, rats! How about this “I want to know what love is, I want you to show me, I wanna feel what love is, I know you can show me...A GREAT BIG CLUE, May =OoLaLa

AQUARIUS * TO BE OR NOT TO BE * WHAT TO LEAVE IN WHAT TO LEAVE OUT - YOU HAVE CHOICES

So that just about sums it up. You have choices available and various options from which to choose, dear Aquarius. By the full moon on the 21st you’ll know what to do, how to do it and what friends to take along. You might hear a wee bit of bad news around then too, but fear not, that only makes your choices easier. After Mars Retrograde returns to Scorpio on May 27th all of those carefully laid plans start to bear fruit, your career begins to sizzle because Scorpio is your tenth house of Career success. Wowsa, talk about kudos, you got em in May. But, how to keep them is important too and that is a balancing act that requires a firm focus straight through mid August. Don’t be discouraged, practice makes perfect and perfection is closer to you now than ever before.

PISCES * LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE * ONLY DO WHAT YOU CAN DO * THAT WILL BE ENOUGH!

Expect breakthroughs and breakdowns this month. Which is which? Well that is strictly a matter of perspective. It all depends on how you look at it. Really and truly, think about that for a moment. If you change the way you look at a problem or the way you see a person or a situation, poof, what you once perceived as a problem becomes a solution within itself. That is good news because you do need a change in perspective and you get that in May. So while life is not exactly a bed of roses, (bed of roses is July,) at least it isn't the pits either. You know that you can only do what you can do, no more, no less. That is enough for those who love you. Lastly, neighborhood treks with trusty pals are such good fun.

With Love and Light to Each and All * Mystic Wendy

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