Astrology GIFs for the Week of May 18, 2015

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Today’s new moon in Taurus coincides with a period of Mercury retrograde, which suggests that over the next few weeks, people and situations from the past will resurface. Additionally, short visits to familiar spots are favored under this transit.

Decisions will be less permanent as the sun enters Gemini, the sign of the twins, on Thursday, May 21. The dualistic and restless influence of Gemini makes conversation and collaboration an important part of decision-making.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Find out how your subconscious mind directs your life: Try to see how your actions may run counter to your conscious intentions. You are not intentionally trying to deceive, but you may confuse people or (even worse) cause them to lose faith in you. This is not a time to be wrapped up in your own ego. You must be prepared to acknowledge your faults and virtues without fear or self-recrimination.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

During this transit, you can project yourself with more forcefulness than usual. It is an excellent time for making an impression, but you must be careful, because you will not be especially sensitive to others' needs. You are primarily concerned with your own matters, and for this reason, you may find it difficult to collaborate.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Reflect upon your resources and values, both in abstract and material terms. You need these resources to express and define yourself. For example, you may feel like having a party or other celebration so that your possessions can bring pleasure and amusement to your friends. Or you may want to show off something you own, because you take so much pleasure in it yourself. Obviously, this can be carried too far, but it can also be a source of good times for you and your friends.

Leo (July 23–August 22)

This is the time of year when the tempo of your life accelerates. There is more activity, more moving around, and a sense of restlessness that can be assuaged by getting out and doing something new. You might become interested in a subject you have never encountered before, or you might take a series of short trips. Taking a vacation at this time will work out, but you might find it difficult to break away from the patterns of your everyday life while on vacation.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

You may find that the past has generated behavior patterns that are completely inappropriate for your life now, and that such patterns are a major source of tension for you. At this time of year, psychological self-evaluation can be an enormous help to your personal growth. If necessary, go off by yourself and spend time in contemplation or meditation.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

You have a strong drive to get out and have a good time, and there's no reason why you should not, as long as you make an effort to fulfill your daily obligations. You are interested in the pursuit of pleasure. Overall, you will feel lighter than usual throughout this period. This playful attitude may lead you to a new love relationship.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Your focus should be on effectiveness. Strive to make every action as efficient as possible. In your work, this is a good time to examine and refine your techniques and procedures, for your mind can work clearly and sharply to discover the best ways of doing things. You will probably have to work according to someone else's wishes or needs. This is a transit of service, and you cannot spend all your efforts getting your own way. Even if you are your own boss, your actions will be dictated by someone else's needs, such as the client’s or customer’s. You may have to live up to your own high standards of self-control.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

It is not a time of year when you should try to go at it alone in any type of activity. Work with someone else, or at least seek out the opinion of another person in an advisory capacity. This is a good time to consult experts in your field; a consultant, lawyer, or other specialist may fit the requirements. The same applies to your personal life, where you may benefit from some type of counseling, if you have not been able to solve certain problems. Such people can give you an independent perspective against which to measure your own views of the situation.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19) 

With this transit you will have a strong desire to experience life on a feeling level, and this is just what you need. Intellectual understanding is not likely to be enough. Each time this transit occurs (it lasts for about one month every year), you undergo a significant psychological transformation. It is time for renewal. The influence of a compelling and mysterious person, or your own self-discovery, will begin the process of metamorphosis.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

During this time of year, you should attempt to broaden your horizons in every way possible — through study, new and unfamiliar experiences, travel, or by meeting people from totally different backgrounds who can reveal another aspect of the world. Strive to make even the most trivial encounter a learning experience.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Take this time to examine your life as a whole and see if you are going in the direction you want and making adequate progress. This transit relates to the manifestation of your ego's drive within a social context. You may be put into the limelight, or called upon to take over the direction of a task or project in which you would have considerable power — but the responsibility will be equally great.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Among your friends, strive to establish your identity. Without becoming domineering, you should let them know what kind of person you are, so that you can fit into the group dynamic without violating your integrity. This is a time for team efforts, which can be effective only if everyone on the team is a fully realized individual. Your idealism is aroused right now — it is your recognition of what you want your life to be, so follow that ideal.

David Scoroposki is a professional astrologer working in New York City. GIF reporting by Leah Rodriguez.