May’s earthy tones will certainly add gravity and stability to plans already underway this month, especially for earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

May’s planetary alignments will provide you with one of the year’s best opportunities to create the stability and security you’re looking for in life. The Taurus New Moon on the 7th will truly favour those who are of a practical and methodical nature as it will aspect taskmaster Saturn, promising admirable results of your hard work and effort.

This month, there is also the groundswell influence of the Saturn - Neptune alignment, that will ask you to be more proactive, and demands that your activities resonate not only with your earthly desires, but also with your spiritual aspirations.

The earthy feel this month will not suit everyone, though. Air, water and fire signs may potentially find the going tough, as the grand trine will anchor events – to the extent that you may even feel that your endeavours seem stuck in the mud or that you’re in a rut.

Five planets will be retrograde in May (moving backwards from our point of view here on Earth) and this may feel frustrating for some, especially during the first week. The best approach if you do enjoy a more free-spirited, and less earthy attitude to life, is patience, especially where matters are delayed or communications and actions seem blocked.

Nevertheless, for many, the first and second weeks of May will stimulate an optimistic approach to life, especially if you are a good planner and strategist, as your carefully laid plans could truly take off and you’ll see the results of your hard work so far this year. Also, the favourable aspect between the Moon’s North Node and Venus and Mercury, will bring like-minded people into your orbit and potentially also those you have a soul-connection with.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 22 will add a sense of motivation and adventure to your endeavours then, as the Full Moon will align with Mars to truly enable you to get things done, especially where projects will need tweaking or re-thinking.

So this month will favour good organisational skills and a forward-thinking approach. Those who like to move ahead with speed may feel the need to slow down and to reconsider previous ideas and also to develop more diligence and roundedness, and this is precisely what this month has on offer: the chance to build foundations, character and strength.

Patsy Bennett is the author of ‘Astrology: Secrets of the Moon’.