Astrology of May 2020 – Venus Retrograde and North Node In Gemini

In May the mood will become less and less Capricorn-like and more and more Gemini-like. These signs couldn’t be more different – Capricorn is heavy and restrictive, and Gemini is curious and lighthearted.

Less Capricorn and more Gemini means we will all lighten up a bit.

And it is about time! 

May 2020 brings us two key astrological events: the Lunar Nodes shift, i.e. the North Node moves into Gemini on May 5th, AND Venus retrograde in Gemini on May 13th. 

The Nodal shift and Venus retrograde will come with important changes and developments. The Lunar Nodes only change signs every 18 months so it makes sense that when the Nodes change signs, our lives change as well. 

And then we have Venus. Venus goes retrograde once every 18 months, more rarely than any other sign (except Mars).

In fact, Venus and Mars go retrograde the least amount of time of all planets. Slow-moving planets are retrograde almost 50% of the time, Mercury is retrograde only 20% of the time, but Venus is retrograde only 9% of the time. As a rule of thumb, the less frequent an astrological event occurs, the more important it is.  

It’s not only Venus that goes retrograde. In May we have no less than 3 planets changing direction: Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter.

Retrogrades are not the most sought-after events, but all in all, May doesn’t look as tense as April or March.

In the last 5 months, we had Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and the South Node – all in Capricorn. Saturn, Pluto and the South Node are the most problematic planets in astrology, and they haven’t been so close together for centuries.

Not easy!

That’s why the South Node’s departure from Capricorn is nothing but great news.

But let’s have a look at the most important astrological events of the month:


May 1st, 2020 – Mercury Conjunct Uranus

On May 1st, 2020, Mercury is conjunct Uranus at 6° Taurus. Mercury rules ideas, news and communication, and Uranus rules breakthroughs, surprises and discoveries.

We can expect a-ha moments, important announcements, breakthroughs and discoveries.

You will be especially influenced if you have a Gemini or Virgo ascendant, or if you have planets around 6° Taurus.

May 4th, 2020 – Sun Conjunct Mercury

On May 4th, 2020 the Sun is conjunct Mercury at 14° Taurus. Sun-Mercury conjunctions bring clarity and consensus on how to move forward.

You (the Sun) and your mind (Mercury) act as one.

Sun conjunct Mercury also indicates that we are now in the middle of the current Mercury cycle. If you have started some projects around February 25-26th (at the beginning of the current Mercury cycle) you can expect some developments around May 4th. 

May 4th, 2020 – Venus Square Neptune 

On May 4th, 2020 soon-to-be-retrograde-Venus squares Neptune at 20° Pisces. Normally a Venus-Neptune square only lasts for a few days, but because Venus is stationary, this particular Venus-Neptune square will last unusually long, until early June!

In astrology, you always want to pay attention to these “anomalies” or rare occurrences, because these transits will play a much more important role than they normally do.

Venus square Neptune is known as one of the most confusing transits out there. When Venus is square Neptune, you don’t know what you want anymore – from yourself, from your relationships, and from life in general.

And because both Venus and Neptune are passive planets, you may get stuck in a rut, or trapped in a fantasy world.

However, there is a silver lining. Neptune is, in fact, the higher octave of Venus, it’s like a 2.0 version of Venus, and Neptune will help Venus ‘upgrade’ herself.

If your values, your relationships, or your life, in general, are not where you want them to be, something needs to change.

What? Let Neptune guide you. Neptune works in the invisible world, so you want to open your mind – and your heart. Listen to your intuition, analyze your dreams, look for signs. If you allow it, Neptune will show you the way. 

May 5th, 2020 – The North Node Enters Gemini

On May 5th, 2020 we have one of the most important astrological events of the year: the Lunar Nodes change signs, and the North Node enters Gemini, and the South Node enters Sagittarius.

The Nodes will be in Gemini and Sagittarius until January 2022 and they will bring profound changes in the way we communicate, commute, learn and travel. If you haven’t done it already, you can read my extensive report on the North Node in Gemini / South Node in Sagittarius here

May 7th, 2020 – Full Moon In Scorpio

On May 7th, 2020 we have an intense Full Moon at 17° Scorpio. This is one of the positive Full Moons of the year.

The Full Moon is opposite Mercury in Taurus and trine Neptune in Pisces. The keywords of the Full Moon in Scorpio are intimacy, compassion, and heart-to-heart communication.

Mercury is in an exact sextile to Neptune. You have an almost psychic awareness of your environment. Feeling stuck and uninspired? The New Moon trine Neptune will help you envision a better future

May 11th, 2020 – Saturn Goes Retrograde

On May 11th, Saturn goes retrograde at 1° Aquarius. Saturn entered Aquarius on March 21st, giving us a first “taste” of the Saturn in Aquarius transit, which will last until 2023.

We can already see some of the Saturn in Aquarius themes emerging – social distancing, remote work, distance learning.

Does this mean we will wear masks until 2023? Not necessarily. But society will be transformed from the bottom up, and what we’ve witnessed is just the beginning. 

May 11th, 2020 – Mercury Enters Gemini

On May 11th, Mercury enters Gemini. Mercury is in domicile in Gemini, which means it feels at home in this sign.

Our ability to learn and grasp new concepts is at its best when Mercury is in Gemini. The next two weeks are a great time to learn a new skill, to write, or to do DIY projects. 

May 13th, 2020 – Mars Enters Pisces

On May 13th, 2020 Mars enters Pisces, to stay here until June 28th, 2020.

Mars and Pisces don’t have many things in common. Mars acts, Pisces feels. Mars goes for what he wants, Pisces waits for the “right moment”. In the next 6 weeks, you will only act if you feel like it – for good and for bad.

But there is another reason why Mars in Pisces may be, in fact, one of the good Mars transits this year. Mars will soon enter Aries, go retrograde, and stay in Aries until January 2021… and just a warning, it won’t be pretty! So if you need to get “Mars stuff” done this year, Mars in Pisces might be one of your best windows of opportunity. 

May 13th, 2020 – Venus Goes Retrograde

On May 13th, 2020 Venus goes retrograde at 21° Gemini. Venus retrogrades repeat every 8 years.

The last time Venus was retrograde in Gemini was in May-June 2012. What was going on in your life back then? You can expect similar themes to resurface.

I will write an in-depth report about Venus retrograde, so stay tuned! 

May 14th, 2020 – Jupiter Goes Retrograde

On May 14th, 2020 Jupiter goes retrograde at 27° Capricorn. Jupiter will stay retrograde until September 13th, and meet Pluto for the 2nd time on June 30th.

In fact, Jupiter is in the close proximity of Pluto for the whole year. And when Jupiter is conjunct Pluto, nothing will be taken lightly.

These are intense times, and Jupiter retrograde conjunct Pluto will help us make sense of the higher purpose of this transit so we can adjust our approach. 

May 20th, 2020 – Sun Enters Gemini

On May 20th, 2020 Sun enters Gemini and the #geminiseason is officially here! With Venus, Mercury AND the North Node in Gemini – May 2020 is the Gemini month! And that’s great news.

In the last couple of years we had a record number of planets in earth signs, and literally zero slow-moving planets in air signs.

So the May Gemini stellium will be a much-needed breath of fresh air. This is a time to be curious, witty, and flexible – just like a Gemini. 

May 22nd, 2020 – New Moon In Gemini

On May 22nd, 2020 we have a New Moon at 2° Gemini. The New Moon trines Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto and squares Mars. On the same day, Mercury, the ruler of this New Moon, is conjunct Venus retrograde at 20° Gemini.

This is one of the most positive and constructive New Moons of the year. We will finally make sense of what happened and integrate what we have learned.

I especially like the trine to the Capricorn planets. We only had squares and tension to those planets in March and April. In the upcoming lunar month (May 22nd – June 21st) we are ready to move on

May 28th, 2020 – Mercury Enters Cancer 

On May 28th, 2020 Mercury conjuncts the North Node at 29° Gemini and then enters Cancer.

Mercury conjunct the North Node in the last degree of Gemini will bring a sense of purpose and completion. Mercury is our mind, and the North Node is our purpose.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”  You can have some great intellectual achievements around this date. The universe says YES. Things fall into place. 

Hours later, Mercury enters Cancer, inviting you to take whatever you have achieved in the last couple of weeks, while Mercury was in Gemini, to the next level of perfection.

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10 thoughts on “Astrology of May 2020 – Venus Retrograde and North Node In Gemini

  1. As a Gemini, I welcome the fact that some of the recent doom and gloom aspects may feel less oppressive with these transits.

    1. As a Gemini with mercury 0 of cancer I’m looking forward to some nice breathing space been very interesting times
      Thankyou astrobutterfly you have a beautiful way of expressing complex situations 😁

  2. Thank you, you’re Brillant, and my world seems more exciting and mysterious because of you…

  3. Thank you, this is brillant stuff…my world is more exciting and mysterious because of you

  4. Deeply grateful for your well written words…I can actually digest it…
    and often astro talk eludes me. Amazing to be alive during this great shift of consciousness! Much love!

  5. Thank you for this info as a capricorn my head has been spinning and i am trying to sell my house, this is a massive shift and I always felt something big was coming but could not put my finger on it thanks again

  6. I’m really happy to say that your article has been very helpful to me.I agree with you that the retrograde period is the best time that the universe gives us to work on mistakes. Time to think about some past situations that you would like to change and correct what you think has been violated.

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