You are storing up your forces, Aries, just as the bow does when it is drawn back in preparation for launching its missile. This period of time marks a thoughtful redirection of your aims and arrows heading from a wild New Year into an even wilder summer. For the present, though, you are riding out a wave of powerful energy that has brought heat and light but not a lot of focus. You are entering into a thoughtful period of reflection that leads you to more careful and considered action. Partners in your life are a helpful hindrance, holding you back in some ways perhaps but providing a useful counter-balance to overly hasty action. You are slowly transforming within the pressure-cooker of present circumstance and while to resist is futile it is also unnecessary.
As the month begins, you are feeling the energy of the New Moon in your sign from the middle of last month, riding the wave. You are also somewhat conflicted as you do so, since Mercury is currently retrograding through your sector of resources and values, including your financial resources, and you might find it hard to make progress there. Even though you have plenty of energy for innovation right now, the retrograde period is usually considered a better time to watch and wait than to move forward with new ideas, especially in the area impacted by the retrograde. Then too, you have SaturnoppositeUranus strongly configured in your chart right now, and which represents a push-pull of archetypal energies rather than a straightforward combination. The energy of Saturn is to remain conservative in the face of proposed changes, while Uranus pushes forward with new ideas. You might feel antsy as a result, uncertain whether to go or to stay. Part of you is done with something and is ready to move on, but another part holds back. Then too, there is enormous pressure right now to radically transform your life, especially in the manner of your outer presentation, including the way that you show up in public and your career issues in general. You will feel this energy most strongly over the first weekend of the month, May 1st and 2nd, but this is also a harbinger of things to come. The urge to be moving on in some way really hits your consciousness at month's end. With the Last Quarter Moon of Wednesday, May 5th, these issues magnify. You are looking more closely into the arc of your development during turns out to be a pivotal month for you, as you head toward a season of changes with summer and the Cardinal T-square of outer planets that strongly affects members of your sign. Financial concerns could also come to a head this month. The New Moon of Thursday evening, May 13th, brings a new approach to financial and other resource issues. Mercury is now direct and you might find that you see things very differently than in early April before the retrograde began. It is also true that Mercury still wobbles a bit until the period of the retrograde shadow has been resolved, on May 27th. During this latter half of the month you will find yourself making many adjustments to the way that you see the world and your place in it. Perhaps you will be aided by the advice of others in your immediate circle or by significant partners in your life, who have an important and ultimately helpful role to play. Throughout this entire period you win when you look for the good in what comes to you through the agency of others, and try not to hear it as criticism. The Full Moon in the last week of the month, taking place on Thursday, May 27th, is an important turning point for you as well, and a time when many things in your life could suddenly alter. There is always some rain that falls; your job is to make the best of running between the raindrops.