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Horoscope: The May Forecast
[05/01/2003] [Sage]

Astrological Forecast for May 1, 2003 to May 30, 2003

The May New Moon takes place May 1, 2003 at 6:14am MDT at 10* Taurus. The next New Moon occurs May 30th, at 10:19pm MDT. (Mountain time is used because Amtgard's hometown is El Paso.)

Astrology studies the connection of our solar system's orbital mechanics with our daily lives. Newspaper Astrology falsely implies that the Sun is the only important point in the sky. To understand real astrology you need a natal chart (a snapshot of the solar system at the moment of your birth). You can get a good free chart from Astrolabe or Astrodienst.

Realize that all the planets and signs are vital, and the interaction of their archetypes is just as complex and varied as we are. Please note that if your Sun is on the cusp between signs, you have a blend of both types of energy. Any time you check your horoscope, always read your Moon (needs) sign, Sun (ego) sign, and Ascendant (personality).


For Everyone

While April was overwhelmingly about new beginnings, May has something very different in store. Some of you may remember the children's story Ferdinand the Bull. In the book, Ferdinand is a happy little bull who lives in a beautiful pasture in Spain, with all the grass he can eat and all the cork trees he can lounge under. He is content to stay there, never wandering, because he has everything he needs. This May, we're all relating to our inner Ferdinand. We want luxurious things around us, gourmet food, our favorite music, and utter stability in our lives.

Unfortunately having the desire doesn't guarantee that we get anything. Competition and a false sense of entitlement may be rife. Job situations may change dramatically. Love relationships may see unexpected stress. Creditors are likely come calling, and some hard times may be in store if we don't take special care of managing our money. Luckily, there are lots of innovative solutions available, if enacted with timely diligence.

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) Love is on your mind this month, and relationship surprises are very likely. You need to feel loved, and you may need to shake things up a little to keep it interesting. The good news is you're being seen in a very positive light by others. Self- esteem issues are crucial.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) Happy Birthday! This month, it may seem like every moment of every day is spoken for, and you're in real danger of overextending yourself. Insist on taking time out for you. Expect conflict with authority figures. Love will fill your fantasy life. Your finances are in need of attention.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Look forward to a dreamy May, literally. Dreams (waking and sleeping) will be intense. A little focus can make them come true, if you want them to. People seem to value your presence more than usual. Talk through power struggles with a partner. Things get weird at work.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may think it's just Spring, but this month the focal point of your life is love. You need to feel adored and respected. Realize sexual gratification does not equal emotional fulfillment. Work is pleasant. Be careful of overspending-there's less pocket money available than you expect.

Leo (July 23-Aug 22) You have lots of positive career energy at your fingertips this month. People see you as the resident expert in your field, and you may well be. Creative writing is slow, but rewarding. Travel is a great pleasure. Relationships are energetic, but fraught with false projection onto one another.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) May sees lots of new learning on your plate, whether you're still in school or not. Mother issues come to the forefront. Be careful of stress-related illnesses and unanticipated money issues. Dramatic long-term change is coming in your relationships. Don't fight it-if you can manage to grow with it instead.

Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22) Love takes a turn for the better this month, but be careful of letting your fantasy life obscure the truth. Get your debts paid down, and take some time to yourself at home. Find a creative outlet for your stress before it comes out of your health. Anticipate a sudden shock regarding a partner.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) Now is the time to spend extra time nurturing your partnerships. Miscommunication is a real danger, so choose your words carefully. Talk out money issues now, before they escalate. Watch out for over-commitment and conflicting directives at work. Find a new creative outlet-something you've never tried before.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) May calls for starting a health kick. It won't be easy, but it's needed. You will be successful if you can stick it out through June. There's major change brewing at home. Communication gets very fuzzy-don't let your temper get away from you due to simple misunderstandings. New creative projects turn out beautifully.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) You've got phenomenal creative energy this month, so put it to good use. Your career is a recurring worry. Setting some goals and making solid plans will help. It's a very bad time to take any financial risks. Find your inner healer and make some positive changes. Something distressing happens at work. Be patient with projects in progress.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) This month the way others perceive you doesn't match the real you at all. Others may see you as unaccountably angry, whereas you will be frustrated at not being able to convey what you really mean. Make a concerted effort not to sabotage yourself. Work to improve your home. Financial surprises are likely. Gentle communication heals old injuries.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) Major long-term changes are just beginning this month. It's time to evaluate what in yourself you want to reinvent. The burden of stressful finances eases a bit. You'll find that old heartaches get explored in depth, whether you consciously intend to or not. Journaling your dreams will help release old anger. Work might actually be fun (!) this month.


Amtgard Character Class Horoscopes

Provincial Leaders Last month I said you'd have great success if you made the hard-sell to your people. You'll find out this month how well you succeeded. You'll have to repeat yourself a zillion times, but positive change really is in the air. Don't let it fizzle out. Guide it with care.

Bards You're in the spotlight again this month. Let's hope last month's creative drive blossoms into some public acclaim for you now. A change of style will require extra tinkering, but the work will pay off in the long run.

Warriors, Paladins, Anti-Paladins This new moon is hot on the heels of Sword Knight Boot Camp, so don't be surprised to find yourself May's Amt-flavor of the month. Teach without crushing egos. Curb your overconfidence. Be aware of how you're perceived.

Healers Words heal, power corrupts, and accidents happen. (Cryptic much? Try meditating on that for a while.) May is really good for being a guide to others, but be ready for surprise lessons of your own. Diplomacy and a revolutionary approach will work wonders.

Wizards As a class, you're likely feeling a bit under appreciated. Be proactive. Take some time to go back over the rulebook this month, especially if you're testing 6.1. There will be more confusion to come, but odds are people will be nice about it.

Assassins This May you'll be popping out of the woodwork all over the place. The poor provincial leaders won't know what hit them-especially since you've been stockpiling nefarious ideas for weeks. Bragging prevents success.

Barbarians and All Monster Races After April's monster love-fest, there's no way you can get away with being a wallflower. Learn to thrive while being seen. Take the role-play to new heights.

Archers, Scouts, Druids, and Monks Energy and assertiveness are yours this month. Beware of bucking authority. Understand that your public image does not reflect your inner self. This will cause issues if you fail to nip misunderstandings in the bud.

Garbers and Artisans This May your creative energies will be widely scattered. You can finish all your new projects if you pace yourself carefully, but be prepared to jump through some hoops to do it. Being impatient will only win you a pricked finger or smashed thumb.


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